Mary Beth Browning Monroe

Assistant Professor

Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

303F Bowne Hall


Lab/Center Affiliation:

BioInspired Institute

Research interests:

  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers
  • Shape Memory Polymers
  • Wound Healing
  • Tissue Engineering

The Monroe Biomaterials Lab utilizes basic and application-focused research to fabricate and characterize polymeric biomaterials with improved healing outcomes. Our long-term research vision is to make fundamental advances in polymer chemistry that enable safer and more effective medical devices. Current research projects include (1) the development of hemostatic foams to control bleeding in gunshot wounds; (2) synthesis and characterization of hydrogels for chronic wound healing, Crohn’s fistula closure, and cell delivery; and (3) ‘smart’ materials to improve infection surveillance, prevention, and treatment.

Honors and Awards:

  • NIH National Research Service Award Post-doctoral Fellowship (2015)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2010-13)
  • P.E.O. Scholar Award, Endowed Scholar: Presidential Scholar Award (2012-13)
  • Acta Biomaterialia Student Award (2012)
  • Outstanding Engineering Graduate Student Award, Dwight Look College of Engineering, Texas A&M University (2012)

Selected Publications:

  • H.T. Beaman, B. Howes, P.S. Ganesh, M.B.B. Monroe, “Shape Memory Polymer Hydrogels with Cell-Responsive Degradation Mechanisms for Crohn’s Fistula Closure,” Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A. 1-12 (2022). DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.37376. Featured in Society for Biomaterials 2022 Awards Issue.
  • M. Ramezani, M.B.B. Monroe, “Biostable segmented thermoplastic polyurethane shape memory polymers for smart biomedical applications,” ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 4 (3) 1956–1965 (2022). DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.1c01808
  • C. Du, J. Liu, D.A. Fikhman, K.S. Dong, M.B.B. Monroe, “Shape Memory Polymer Foams with Phenolic Acid-Based Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Properties for Traumatic Wound Healing,” Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. 10, 8093961 (2022). DOI: 10.3389/fbioe.2022.809361
  • H.T. BeamanE. Shepherd, J. Satalin, S. Blair, H. Ramcharran, K. DongD. Fikhman, G. Nieman, S.G. Schauer, M.B.B. Monroe, “Hemostatic Shape Memory Polymer Foams With Improved Survival in a Lethal Traumatic Hemorrhage Model,” Acta Biomaterialia. 137, 112-123 (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2021.10.005