Michael D. Weir, MS, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Lab Manager
|Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering|
Dr. Michael Weir graduated from the University of Connecticut with a PhD in Polymer Science in 2000. After graduation, he was awarded a National Research Council (NRC) post-doctoral associateship to perform research in the Polymers Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where his research interests included synthesis and characterization of novel monomers for dental composites, examination of the cellular response to natural and synthetic polymers for cartilage tissue engineering, and investigation of the dynamics of nanomolar concentrations of growth factors in a model extracellular matrices using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. Dr. Weir then joined the American Dental Association Paffenbarger Research Center (PRC) where his research focused on the design and characterization of calcium phosphate-based biomaterials for dental and craniofacial repair as well as the development of calcium and phosphate-based nanocomposite restorative materials for caries inhibition. Dr. Weir has continued this research at the University of Maryland Dental School since his arrival in 2007.