Winner of the society for biomaterials student award in the Ph.D. category for the annual meeting of the society for biomaterials, april 11-14, 2018, Atlanta, GA: Development of a bimodal, in situ crosslinking method to achieve multifactor release from electrospun gelatin. Academic Article uri icon


  • To better mimic native tissue microenvironments, current efforts have moved beyond single growth factor delivery to more complex multiple growth factor delivery with distinct release profiles. Electrospun gelatin, a widely investigated drug delivery vehicle, requires postprocessing crosslinking techniques that generate a mesh with uniform crosslinking density, limiting the ability to deliver multiple factors at different rates. Herein, we describe a method to independently control release of multiple factors from a single electrospun gelatin mesh. Two in situ crosslinking modalities, photocrosslinking of methacyrlated gelatin and reactive crosslinking of gelatin with a diisocyanate, are coelectrospun to generate distinct fiber populations with different crosslinking chemistry and density in a single mesh. The photocrosslinked gelatin-methacrylate resulted in a relatively rapid release of a model protein (4812% at day 1, 963% at day 10) due to diffusion of embedded protein from the crosslinked fibers. The reactive crosslinking system displayed a more sustained release (75% at day 1, 332% at day 10) that was attributed to the conjugation of protein to gelatin with the diisocyanate, requiring degradation of gelatin prior to diffusion out of the fibers. Both modalities displayed tunable release profiles. Subsequent release studies of a cospun mesh with two different crosslinked fiber populations confirmed that the cospun mesh displayed multifactor release with independent release profiles. Overall, this bimodal, in situ crosslinking approach enables the delivery of multiple factors with distinct release kinetics from a single mesh and is expected to have broad utility in tissue engineering. 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 106A: 1155-1164, 2018.

published proceedings

  • J Biomed Mater Res A

author list (cited authors)

  • Kishan, A., Walker, T., Sears, N., Wilems, T., & Cosgriff-Hernandez, E.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Kishan, Alysha||Walker, Taneidra||Sears, Nick||Wilems, Thomas||Cosgriff-Hernandez, Elizabeth

publication date

  • May 2018