Matthew’s current research interests include the development and characterization of biomaterials and their cell-material interactions for the development of drug/vaccine carriers and implantable devices. Ongoing research project also include the characterization of bio-mimetic membranes and interfacial interactions using colloid force spectroscopy. In collaboration with Prof. Jennifer Martinez, Prof. Rush maintains a Mammalian Tissue Culture and Bacterial Culture Lab space within the Center for Materials Interfaces in Research and Applications (¡MIRA!). In collaboration with Prof. Gabriel Montaño and Dr. Greg Uyeda, Prof. Rush maintains an atomic force microscopy/scanning probe microscopy lab.

Representative Publications

Stromberg ZR, Phipps ML, Magurudeniya HD, Pedersen CA, Rajale T, Sheehan CS, Courtney SJ, Bradfute SB, Hraber P, Rush MN, Kubicek-Sutherland JZ, Martinez JS (2021). Formulation of stabilizer-free, nontoxic PLGA and elastin-PLGA nanoparticle delivery systems, Int. J Pharmaceuticals, 597:120340.

Rush MN, Salas C, Mottishaw L, Fountain D, Mercer D (2021). Additive Manufacturing: The Next Generation of Scapholunate Ligament Reconstruction, J Wrist Surgery.

Rush MN, Coombs KE, Denny C, Santistevan D, Huynh QM, Cicotte KN, Hedberg-Dirk EL (2021). Acid Scavenger Free Synthesis of Oligo(poly(ethylene glycol) fumarate) Utilizing Inert Gas Sparging, Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods, 27(5).

Abdul N, Rush MN, Nohava J, Shreve AP, Cavallo F (2020). Single-Cell Response to the Rigidity of Semiconductor Nanomembranes on Compliant Substrates, American Chemical Society: Applied Materials and Interfaces, 12(9): 10697–10705.

Rush MN, Brambilla S, Speckart S, Montaño GA, Brown M (2018). Glass-Particle Adhesion-Force-Distribution to Clean (Laboratory) and Contaminated (Outdoor) Surfaces, Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, 123:231-244.

Coombs KE, Leonard AT, Rush MN, Santistevan DA, Hedberg-Dirk EL (2016). Isolated Effects of Material Stiffness on Valvular Interstitial Cell Differentiation, J Biomed Mater Res Part A, 105(1):51-61.

Rush MN, Coombs KE, Hedberg-Dirk EL (2015). Surface Chemistry Regulates Valvular Interstitial Cells Differentiation In Vitro, Acta Biomaterialia, 28:76-85.

Matthew Rush Assistant Research Professor, Applied Physics and Materials Science Director, Center for Materials Interfaces in Research and Applications Northern Arizona University

Matthew Rush

Assistant Research Professor, Applied Physics and Materials Science

Contact Information

phone: (505) 720-8166

email: Matthew.Rush@nau.edu

office: Science and Health Building, room 324

Professional Experience

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Materials Interfaces in Research and Applications (MIRA)/Applied Physics and Materials Science, Northern Arizona University
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Ph.D., Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering w/ concentration in Nano-biointerfaces, University of New Mexico
  • M.S., Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering, University of New Mexico
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico Tech (New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology)

Awards and Honoes

  • Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC) Pilot Award, 2018
  • Biodesign [Limitless Socket] Pilot Award, 2018
  • Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Fellowship, 2012
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Fellowship, 2010
  • Integrative Graduate Education & Research Traineeship (IGERT) Fellowship, Nanoscience and Microsystems, 2009