Dr. Mary Caldorera-Moore, Associate Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering at the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University, has joined the editorial team of the Journal of Applied Polymer Science.
Caldorera-Moore was invited to become editor-in-chief after editing a special issue titled “Intelligent / Responsive Polymers as Biomaterials”, in honor of her postdoctoral advisor, Dr. Nicholas Peppas, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Institute for Biomaterials. , Drug Administration and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Texas at Austin.
The special issue included an article featuring research done by Rachel Hegab, undergraduate student and Caldorera-Moore advisor, in collaboration with Peppas, and Dr Christopher Kevil, vice-chancellor of research and director of the Center for Redox Biology and Louisiana State Cardiovascular Disease COBRE. Shreveport Health University. The article also included cover from Nick Bustamante, a studio art teacher at Louisiana Tech and director of the VISTA (Visual Integration of Science Through Art) program.
The Journal of Applied Polymer Science is the largest scientific publication in polymer science and has the fifth highest number of citations in the ISI Polymer Science category. The journal has nearly 60,000 annual citations, more than 1.9 million downloads per year, and a 2020 journal impact factor of 3.125 according to Clarivate Analytics.
Topics of the journal include membranes, energy conversion and storage, and biomedical implants; as well as all types of polymeric materials, from polysaccharides to composites to biodegradable polymers, covered in research articles, reviews, comments and perspectives.
“I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of JAPS – the largest scientific publication in the field of polymer science,” said Caldorera-Moore. “I hope my work and contributions to the journal will help it stay at the forefront while developing and expanding further in the field of biomaterials research.”
Caldorera-Moore’s Micro and Nanotechnology Therapeutic Biomaterials Lab combines micro and nanoscale technologies with smart biomaterials to create new and improved biomimetic platforms to study the influence of chemistry, surface topography and material properties on the direction of cell fate or the capacity for response and therapeutic release. Students working with her in the lab have the opportunity to help develop innovative systems for targeted and specific drug delivery to cells and regenerative medicine applications. Caldorera-Moore guides students in the areas of the design, manufacture, characterization and use of advanced micro / nano biosystems for targeted delivery.