Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar

Office

208-1 PHAR

Phone

(319) 335-8836

Research Narrative

Vijay Kumar’s research interests fall in the following two areas: (i) basic and applied pharmaceutics and (ii) tissue engineering. His research in basic and applied pharmaceutics involves the study of different polymorphic forms of cellulose and their aqueous dispersions as potential pharmaceutical excipients and chemical modifications of cellulose to produce novel functionalized polymers for use as drug carriers. Studies in tissue engineering focus on the use of cellulose, oxidized cellulose, and oxidized cellulose-chitosan scaffolds to develop functional, tissue engineered small diameter blood vessels and heart valves. The major emphasis of this research is the rationale design of small diameter (< 5 mm) tubular and heart valve scaffolds that support and promote cell adhesion and growth, provide the geometric guidance to the proliferating cells, and perform mechanically and hemodynamically similar to the native vessels and valves.