Mary Beth Browning Monroe

Assistant Professor

Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

303F Bowne Hall


Lab/Center Affiliation:

Syracuse Biomaterials Institute

Research interests:

  • Biomaterials
  • Wound Healing
  • Tissue Engineering

Current Research:

The Monroe lab utilizes basic and application-focused research to fabricate and characterize polymeric biomaterials with improved healing outcomes. The 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 shape memory polymer foam hemostats to control bleeding in gunshot wounds and (2) synthesis and characterization of shape memory polymer hydrogels for chronic wound healing.

Teaching Interests:

  • Polymers
  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue Engineering


  • 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:

M.B.B. Monroe, A.D. Easley, K. Grant, G.K. Fletcher, C. Boyer, D.J. Maitland, “Multifunctional Shape Memory Polymers with Bioinspired Antimicrobials,” ChemPhysChem (2017)DOI:  10.1002/cphc.201701015.

L.D. Nash, M.B.B. Monroe, Y-H Ding, K.P. Ezell, A.J. Boyle, R. Kadirvel, D.F. Kallmes, D.J. Maitland, “Increased X-ray Visualization of Shape Memory Polymer Foams by Chemical Incorporation of Iodine Motifs,” Polymers, 9 (8) 381 (2017)DOI: 10.3390/polym9080381.

L.D. Nash, N.C. Rivera, M.B.B. Monroe, K.P. Ezell, J.K. Carrow, S.M. Hasan, A.K. Gaharwar, D.J. Maitland, “Cold Plasma Reticulation of Shape Memory Embolic Tissue Scaffolds,” Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 37 (23), 1945-1951 (2016)DOI: 10.1002/marc.201600268.

S.M. Hasan, A.D. Easley, M.B.B. Monroe, D.J. Maitland, “Development of Siloxane-Based Amphiphiles as Cell Stabilizers for Porous Shape Memory Polymer Systems,” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 478, 334-343 (2016). DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2016.06.031.

M.B. Browning, S.N. Cereceres, P.T. Luong, E.M. Cosgriff-Hernandez, “Determination of the In Vivo Degradation Mechanism of PEGDA Hydrogels,” Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A,102 (12), 4244-4251(2014).DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.35096.