Benjamin G. Cooper
Predoctoral Trainee
Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Benjamin Cooper received his B.S. from Brandeis University, where he majored in chemistry and biology and conducted research in the group of Prof. Christine Thomas, synthesizing and characterizing heterobimetallic inorganic complexes for applications in small molecule activation catalysis. At Boston University, his research interests in the group of Prof. Mark Grinstaff (Departments of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering and Division of Materials Science & Engineering) include synthesis, characterization, and ex vivo and in vivo evaluation of biomaterials for applications in repairing and preserving articular cartilage. Co-advised by Dr. Brian Snyder, Department of Biomedical Engineering (BU) and Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Studies (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston).

Benjamin's current research includes: 1) pursuing fundamental understanding of articular cartilage friction, lubrication, and wear, 2) designing and implementing new biomaterials that improve cartilage mechanical properties by treating/preventing wear, and 3) working with interdisciplinary collaborators to pursue translation of newly developed materials and techniques.

Keywords: cartilage repair, viscosupplementation, orthopedic biomaterials, polymer chemistry

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  1. Cooper BG, DeMoya CD, Sikes KJ, Frisbie DD, Phillips N, Nelson BB, McIlwraith CW, Kawcak CE, Goodrich LR, Snyder BD, Grinstaff MW. A polymer network architecture provides superior cushioning and lubrication of soft tissue compared to a linear architecture. Biomater Sci. 2023 Nov 07; 11(22):7339-7345.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37847186; DOI: 10.1039/d3bm00753g;
  2. Lakin BA, Cooper BG, Zakaria L, Grasso DJ, Wathier M, Bendele AM, Freedman JD, Snyder BD, Grinstaff MW. A Synthetic Bottle-brush Polyelectrolyte Reduces Friction and Wear of Intact and Previously Worn Cartilage. ACS Biomater Sci Eng. 2019 Jun 10; 5(6):3060-3067.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31608307; PMCID: PMC6788642; DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.9b00085;
  3. Cooper BG, Chin SL, Xiao R, Buch K, Kim D, Grinstaff MW. Friction-lowering capabilities and human subject preferences for a hydrophilic surface coating on latex substrates: implications for increasing condom usage. R Soc Open Sci. 2018 Oct; 5(10):180291.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30473805; PMCID: PMC6227966; DOI: 10.1098/rsos.180291;
  4. Wathier M, Lakin BA, Cooper BG, Bansal PN, Bendele AM, Entezari V, Suzuki H, Snyder BD, Grinstaff MW. A synthetic polymeric biolubricant imparts chondroprotection in a rat meniscal tear model. Biomaterials. 2018 11; 182:13-20.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30099277; PMCID: PMC6287749; DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2018.08.009;
  5. Cooper BG, Catalina Bordeianu, Nazarian A, Snyder BD, Grinstaff MW. Active agents, biomaterials, and technologies to improve biolubrication and strengthen soft tissues. Biomaterials. 2018 10; 181:210-226.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30092370; PMCID: PMC6766080; DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2018.07.040;
  6. Mäkelä JTA, Cooper BG, Korhonen RK, Grinstaff MW, Snyder BD. Functional effects of an interpenetrating polymer network on articular cartilage mechanical properties. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2018 03; 26(3):414-421.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29326062
  7. Cooper BG, Lawson TB, Snyder BD, Grinstaff MW. Reinforcement of articular cartilage with a tissue-interpenetrating polymer network reduces friction and modulates interstitial fluid load support. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2017 Jul; 25(7):1143-1149.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28285000; PMCID: PMC5726233; DOI: 10.1016/j.joca.2017.03.001;
  8. Cooper BG, Stewart RC, Burstein D, Snyder BD, Grinstaff MW. A Tissue-Penetrating Double Network Restores the Mechanical Properties of Degenerated Articular Cartilage. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2016 Mar 18; 55(13):4226-30.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26934682; PMCID: PMC5726259; DOI: 10.1002/anie.201511767;
  9. Kuppuswamy S, Cooper BG, Bezpalko MW, Foxman BM, Powers TM, Thomas CM. Synthesis and structural characterization of high spin M/Cu (M = Mn, Fe) heterobimetallic and Fe/Cu2 trimetallic phosphinoamides. Inorg Chem. 2012 Feb 06; 51(3):1866-73. PMID: 22257083; DOI: 10.1021/ic202165z;

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Bar chart showing 9 publications over 6 distinct years, with a maximum of 4 publications in 2018


In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

cartilage repair
orthopedic biomaterials
polymer chemistry
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