Dr. Vuk Uskoković, a native of Belgrade, Serbia is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP). His prior appointment was as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). At UIC Dr. Uskoković founded the Advanced Materials and Nanobiotechnology Laboratory, which he continues to be the Director of at CUSP, and developed and taught senior and graduate courses on materials in biomedical engineering and nanotechnologies. Earlier he was a research fellow and a principal investigator in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine. He was also a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at UCSF and in the Center for Advanced Materials Processing at Clarkson University.
Dr. Uskoković holds a BSc and an MS degree in Physical Chemistry from University of Belgrade, an MSc degree in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Kragujevac, and a PhD degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies from Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School. He authored 80+ peer-reviewed research articles and reviews and his work was presented as invited talks and other presentations at 50+ different conferences. He is the recipient of the Pathway to Independence award from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and of the Certificate for Innovation from the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Uskoković’s research has been focused on the application of soft and colloidal chemistry techniques for the purpose of creating nanoscale materials for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications, including targeted and controlled drug delivery, bone tissue engineering and advanced antimicrobial and anticancer therapies. In the biomedical domain, his research has contributed to the fields of hyperthermia treatment of cancer, atherosclerosis, enamel regeneration, oral and sustained drug delivery, and bone engineering.
The research Dr. Uskoković brings to CUSP involves the design of a new generation of biomaterials for hard tissue engineering, particularly for the treatment of bone diseases ranging from osteomyelitis to osteoporosis to osteosarcoma. His main research interest in the long run pertains to nanostructured materials for controlled drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. Bridging the gap between materials science and life science, his lab specializes in synthesis, characterization and biological testing of materials for the next generation of medical and pharmaceutical devices.