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ARTICLE Issue 004

Howard Alumnus Andre Palmer Conducts Research on Engineering Biomaterials for Use in Transfusion Medicine and Tissue Engineering

Dr Andre Palmer received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Howard University in 1995; and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 1998. He is currently professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at The Ohio State University.

Professor Palmer (right) works with an undergraduate in the lab.
Professor Palmer (right) works with an undergraduate in the lab.

Andre Palmer, Ph.D., Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University, B.S.’95, Chemical Engineering, is the inventor of tense and relaxed state variable molecular weight polymerized hemoglobins for use as red blood cell substitutes; and the inventor of variable molecular weight polymerized human serum albumins for use as plasma expanders.

He has also invented a large payload drug delivery system that specifically targets monocytes and macrophages. His lab is focused on engineering biomaterials for use in transfusion medicine and tissue engineering. More specifically, he is developing artificial red blood cells and plasma for use in patients suffering from acute and chronic anemia, as well as loss of blood volume. He is also developing oxygen-carrying materials that can be used to grow artificial tissues and organs. This technology may make it possible to replace or repair damaged organs in patients.

States Professor Palmer “I was always interested in the interface between engineering and medicine and wanted to apply my skill set to solve real world medical problems. It seemed logical to pursue degrees in Chemical Engineering, since I knew I could apply key concepts in Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Transport Phenomena towards medical problems involving impaired blood flow and oxygen transport. I believe this solid knowledge base gives Chemical Engineers a huge advantage in tackling real world problems, whether it be in the energy, environmental, chemical, pharmaceutical, or biomedical sectors.”

For more details about Dr. Palmer’s research program, please visit his website at

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