Mathew T. Mathew
Research assistant professor of restorative dentistry
Mathew T. Mathew’s major research focus is on the simulation of human artificial joints, biomechanics and the material degradation of implanted biomaterials used in dentistry and orthopedics.
Biomedical implants are increasingly used to help patients with disabilities achieve comfort and continue their healthy physical activities. The main objective of Mathew’s research is to increase the longevity of implants and determine the biocompatibility and stability of implants using an interdisciplinary approach.
Similarly, the durability and performance of dental implants are limited because of the harsh oral environment, which has varying pH and biofilm growth based on people’s food habits and oral hygiene. By using the concept of synergism between wear and corrosion, he seeks to understand the degradation mechanisms in implants and provide solutions to prevent failure.
Mathew and his group are also actively involved in developing new diagnostic tools for detecting implant derived circulating metal ions in the blood of patients who received metal implants.
He leads the Regenerative Medicine and Disability Research lab in the Department of Biomedical Science at UIC School of Medicine at Rockford.