BIOM 573 - Structure and Function of Biomaterials

  • 3 credits

Structure-function relationships of natural biomaterials; application to analysis of biomimetic materials and biomaterials used in medical devices.

This course can be applied towards:


MECH 331 (Introduction to Engineering Materials). Credit not allowed for both BIOM 573 and MECH 573.

Important Information

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Seth Donahue

(970) 297-5050 |

Dr. Donahue received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the UC, Davis. His post-doc fellowship was in cell biology at the Pennsylvania State University Medical Center. He taught at Michigan Tech University for 10 years prior to joining CSU.

Dr. Donahue’s research is in areas of bone biology and mechanics, with implications for osteoporosis treatment, limb salvage, fracture healing, and tissue regeneration. He is the PI for more than $2M in grants from agencies such as the NIH and the Whitaker Foundation. He established hibernating bears as a model for preventing immobilization-induced osteoporosis. Dr. Donahue’s lab cloned the gene for black bear parathyroid hormone and uses the recombinantly produced protein to reverse osteoporosis in animal models. He currently oversees research projects on bone regeneration in critical sized bone defects, bone allograft healing, and bone revitalization and regeneration in osteosarcoma.