sagar 2015

Sagar Kaushik, a 2015 graduate of the School of Engineering, was awarded a 2015 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Graduate Design and Research Award for his work studying treatments of exposed dental pulp tissue.

The award comes with a $400 travel stipend and an opportunity to present his research at the BMES Conference in Tampa, Florida, on October 9.

“We are very proud of Sagar for receiving this prestigious award,” said Ho-Wook Jun, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering who mentored Kaushik along with Kyounga Cheon, D.M.D. an instructor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. “As far as I know, this is the first time a UAB student has received a BMES research award.”

Kaushik is currently enrolled as a graduate student in the UAB School of Public Health, but he continues to do research in Jun’s lab. He received the award for his abstract, “Evaluation of Ciprofloxacin, Metronidazole Encapsulated Injectable Self-Assembled Biomimetic Nanomatrix Gel on Enterococcus Faecalis and Treponema Denticola.”

That abstract describes the development of a biomimetic nanomatrix gel that is intended to minimize the clinical limitations of existing treatments while maximizing a natural healing process of root canal infection.

Read more about Kaushik's research at The Mix, UAB's research blog.