Lara A. Estroff



Prof. Estroff's research program is in the field of synthetic bio-inspired materials.  Within this larger field, her lab takes three approaches: 1) the structural and mechanical characterization of naturally occurring biominerals; 2) the application of strategies learned from biology to create new materials with controlled materials properties; and 3) the design of in vitro systems to answer questions from biology. In particular, her lab is recognized as a leader in the study of crystal growth mechanisms in gels and  the high-resolution characterization of biomineralized tissues.