Scott Medina

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Scott Medina

Research Summary

Design of bio-inspired functional materials that serve as new tools in precision medicine. Understanding how peptides and proteins assemble at natural and non-natural interfaces to form organized structures with unique biochemical functions. The design of nano- and micro-scale biomaterials to develop new biosensing and therapeutic strategies to treat infectious disease, inflammation and cancer.

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Peptides Peptide Gels Hydrogels Membranes Amino Acids Cells Adhesives Proteins Heparin Acid Dna Hydrogel Gel Antigen Protein Hyaluronic Acid Nanoparticles Drug Permeability Substrates Peptide Amphiphiles Gold Galectin 3 Stiffness

Most Recent Publications

Michael A. Miller, Scott Medina, 2024, Advanced Functional Materials

Inhye Kim, Inhye Kim^, Jacob Elliott, Atip Lawanprasert, Atip Lawanprasert^, Grace Wood, Julianna C. Simon, Scott Medina*, 2023, Small

Amy H. Guadagno, Scott H. Medina, 2023, Peptide Science

Atip Lawanprasert, Janna Sloand, Gonz\'alez Vargas, Mariangely, Mariangely González Vargas, Harminder Singh, Tomer Eldor, Michael Miller, Sopida Pimcharoen, Jian Wang, Scott Leighow, Justin R. Pritchard, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, others, Scott H. Medina, 2023, ChemBioChem on p. e202300159

Voices in Molecular Pharmaceutics: Meet Dr. Scott Medina, Manipulator of Biomaterial Properties for Precision Therapeutics

Scott H. Medina, 2022, Molecular Pharmaceutics on p. 4392

Macy M. Hale, Scott H. Medina, 2022, Molecular Pharmaceutics on p. 4453-4465

Nikki Crowley*, Nicole A. Crowley, Scott Medina*, 2022, Neuropsychopharmacology on p. 253-254

Atip Lawanprasert, Atip Lawanprasert^, Andrew W. Simonson, Andrew Simonson^, Sarah Sumner, McKayla Nicol, Sopida Pimcharoen, Sopida Pimcharoen^, Girish S. Kirimanjeswara, Scott Medina*, 2022, Biomacromolecules on p. 1158-1168

Atip Lawanprasert, Sopida Pimcharoen, Sarah E. Sumner, Connor T. Watson, Keefe B. Manning, Girish S. Kirimanjeswara, Scott H. Medina, 2022, Small

Janna N. Sloand, Janna Sloand^, Tyler Culp, Nichole M. Wonderling, Enrique D. Gomez, Scott Medina*, 2021, Advanced Functional Materials

Most-Cited Papers

Michael C. Giano, Zuhaib Ibrahim, Scott H. Medina, Karim A. Sarhane, Joani M. Christensen, Yuji Yamada, Gerald Brandacher, Joel P. Schneider, 2014, Nature Communications

Daniel J. Smith, Gabriel A. Brat, Scott H. Medina, Dedi Tong, Yong Huang, Johanna Grahammer, Georg J. Furtmüller, Byoung Chol Oh, Katelyn J. Nagy-Smith, Piotr Walczak, Gerald Brandacher, Joel P. Schneider, 2016, Nature Nanotechnology on p. 95-102

Rapid fabrication of precise high-throughput filters from membrane protein nanosheets

Yu-Ming Tu, Y Yu, Woochul Song, Tingwei Ren, Yue-xiao Shen, Ratul Chowdhury, Prasangi Rajapaksha, Tyler Culp, Laxmicharan Samineni, Chao Lang, L Chao, Alina Thokkadam, Drew Carson, Yuxuan Dai, Arwa Mukthar, Miaoci Zhang, Andrey Parshin, Janna Sloand, J Sloand^, Scott Medina, Mariusz Grzelakowski, Dibakar Bhattacharya, William Phillip, Enrique D. Gomez, Robert J. Hickey, Yinai Wei, Manish Kumar, M Kumar*, 2020, Nature Materials on p. 347-354

Scott H. Medina, Stephen E. Miller, Allison I. Keim, Alexander P. Gorka, Martin J. Schnermann, Joel P. Schneider, 2016, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition on p. 3369-3372

Scott H. Medina, Sandra Li, O. M.Zack Howard, Micah Dunlap, Anna Trivett, Joel P. Schneider, Joost J. Oppenheim, 2015, Biomaterials on p. 545-553

Scott H. Medina, Brian Bush, Maggie Cam, Emily Sevcik, Frank W. DelRio, Kaustav Nandy, Joel P. Schneider, 2019, Biomaterials on p. 1-11

Christopher M. Micklitsch, Scott Medina, Tuna Yucel, Katelyn J. Nagy-Smith, Darrin J. Pochan, Joel P. Schneider, Joel Schneider*, 2015, Macromolecules on p. 1281-1288

Andrew W. Simonson, Andrew Simonson^, Atip Lawanprasert, Atip Lawanprasert^, Tyler D.P. Goralski, Kenneth C. Keiler, Scott Medina*, 2019, Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine on p. 391-400

Souvik Biswas, Scott H. Medina, Joseph J. Barchi, 2015, Carbohydrate Research on p. 93-101

Scott H. Medina, Megan S. Michie, Stephen E. Miller, Martin J. Schnermann, Joel P. Schneider, 2017, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition on p. 11404-11408

News Articles Featuring Scott Medina

Huck Leadership Fellows selected for 2024-25

For the 2024-2025 academic year, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences has appointed Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Scott Medina, Professor of Statistics Lingzhou Xue, and Associate Professor of Surgery Dino Ravnic to be Huck Leadership Fellows.

Synthetic material could improve ease and cut cost of gut microbiome research

A team of Penn State researchers has developed a new synthetic material that could enable scientists to more easily study how microorganisms interact with the gastrointestinal (GI) system.

Tiny bubbles could reveal immune cell secrets and improve treatments

Penn State researchers are developing a novel bubble-based technique to watch immune cells at work.

Controlled, localized delivery of blood thinner may improve blood clot treatment

Heparin has long been used as a blood thinner, or anticoagulant, for patients with blood clotting disorders or after surgery to prevent complications. But the medication remains difficult to dose correctly, potentially leading to overdosing or underdosing.

First round of funded projects announced from the Benkovic Research Initiative

Four projects have been announced as recipients of funding from the Patricia and Stephen Benkovic Research Initiative, which supports risky, highly innovative investigation at the interface of chemistry and the life sciences.

Inhalable aerogel triggers immunity to COVID-19 in mice, may block transmission

An inhalable "aerogel" loaded with DNA that encodes for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein successfully induces an immune response against COVID-19 in the lungs of mice, according to new research conducted at Penn State.

Engineers find imaging technique could become treatment for deep vein thrombosis

Penn State College of Engineering researchers set out to develop technology capable of localizing and imaging blood clots in deep veins. Turns out their work may not only identify blood clots, but it may also be able to treat them.

Smart Antibacterial Avoids Collateral Damage, Potential Blowback

Calling for the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics can be as indiscriminate as saying, “Kill them all; let God sort them out.” Either way, one may eliminate the good along with the bad, courting blowback, that is, repercussions that are as unwelcome as they are unpredictable.

Resist the resistance: Fighting the good fight against bacteria

In an effort to reduce the potential infection-caused 10 million deaths worldwide, Penn State researcher Scott Medina has developed a peptide, or small protein, that can target a specific pathogen without damaging the good bacteria that bolsters the immune system.