Brittany Taylor, who graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering from the Uiversity of Virginia, is an assistant professor at the University of Florida who studies novel ways to improve bone and tendon healing after injuries. In this oped in The Conversation, Taylor discusses the promise of repairing bones and tendons with human-made materials: Link.

She is exploring drug delivery systems and temporary artificial tissue replacements to promote healing of tendons and the interface with bones and muscle. Millions of musculoskeletal injuries each year cause pain and reduce people’s quality of life. Here, she answers questions about the benefits of using composite materials – biological materials like tissue from animals or synthetic materials – to improve repair outcomes. Many of the techniques are still in the experimental stages and have been tested in animal models.