LSU Biological Engineering Professor, Team Create Advanced Wound-Healing Technology

July 10, 2023

Headshot of Dr. Philip JungA new means of wound-healing technology could be available to surgeons and patients in the near future thanks to a team of researchers from LSU Biological Engineering, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, and Inha University in the Republic of Korea.

“Our hypothesis is that the dual function of the lignin composite—antioxidation and enhanced vascularization with locoregional supply of oxygen—will significantly improve the rate and fate of wound healing,” said LSU Biological Engineering Assistant Professor Philip Jung, principal investigator on the project. “The process is rather simple. Just one injection of the pre-cursor to the [wound site] and crosslinked with [ultraviolet light] for 30 seconds. “In our experiments, we applied [transparent film dressing] after UV crosslinking. Then, we just waited. A surgeon doesn’t need to suture these [wounds]. Since the lignin composites are also subject to degradation after two weeks or so, the lignin composite doesn’t need to be removed via secondary surgery.”

This project and its future developments are emblematic of LSU's commitment to being at the forefront of the biomedical sector as part of the Scholarship First Agenda.