Biology

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

One day a slug might save your life.

Help make biomedical adhesives more effective through a study of slugs. Students in Professor Andrew Smith's research lab will study a gel-based biological glue produced by slugs. They'll look at the protein composition of this glue to understand how it becomes tough and sticky. Results will help guide the design of novel biomedical adhesives, glue that helps seal wounds after surgery.

Professor Smith's contribution to the development of a novel medical glue was highlighted this summer by articles in the Smithsonian Magazine, Science News, PBS and The Washington Post.