Dr. Vining’s research investigates mechanical regulation of tissue inflammation in bone marrow disease and head and neck cancer. He is also developing strategies to target inflammation and promote tissue repair and regeneration in oral and craniofacial diseases. Among his projects in the area of biomaterials development, he developed a fibrotic extracellular matrix hydrogel to investigate the effects of mechanical cues in fibrotic niches. He also engineered a novel antimicrobial coating for titanium dental implants and developed a new polymeric dental material that supports differentiation and proliferation of dental pulp stem cells for regenerative dentistry applications. His most recent work was published in Nature Materials – https://www.nature.com/articles/s41563-022-01293-3.