Suzanne
Frances
Scarlata
Professor
Affiliated Department or Office
Biology & Biotechnology
Education
BA Temple University 1979
PhD University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1985
Expert Bio

Professor Scarlata's work seeks to understand how hormones and neurotransmitters lead to changes in the growth, division, and shape of cells such as cardiac myocytes (heart muscle cells). She is particularly interested in how connections between neurons can be broken, manipulated, and repaired. A second area of research involves designing enzymes that will enhance the properties of building and structural materials.

Media Coverage

Developing a sustainable concrete substitute

Science Daily

Science Daily covered the continued collaboration between Professor Suzanne Scarlata and Associate Professor Nima Rahbar to develop their Enzymatic Construction Material – a sustainable, low-cost replacement for concrete that can also heal itself. Scarlata and Rahbar recently received a nearly $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to refine the material, explore its ability to repair cracks in glass, and create educational programs for girls in Worcester and Nigeria.

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