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4th Edition of Euro-Global Conference on Biotechnology and Bioengineering

September 19-21 | Hybrid Event

September 19-21, 2024 | Rome, Italy
ECBB 2023

Shubha Anand

Shubha Anand, Speaker at Biotechnology Conferences
Dayalbagh Educational Institute, India
Title: Prospects of human hair keratin based biomaterials


Keratin is the major structural fibrous protein providing outer covering such as hair, wool, feathers, nails and horns of mammals, reptiles and birds. Keratin fibers, such as wool and human hair, consist of two major morphological parts: the cuticle layer which is composed of overlapping cells that surround the cortex, the inner part of the fiber. Human hair consists primarily of keratin and keratin associated proteins. It is approximately 80% of keratin by total mass. Extracted keratin proteins have an intrinsic ability to self-assemble and polymerize into fibrous and porous films gels and scaffolds. Keratins can be fabricated into several morphologies including films, sponges and hydrogels by employing different procedures. Keratin based biomaterial have potential biomedical applications due to its biocompatibility, biodegradability, good cellular interaction and no immune reaction. The major applications explored for the keratin based biomaterial include wound dressings, drug delivery systems, ocular surface reconstructions and peripheral nerve regeneration among others

Audience Take Away Notes :

  • How keratin could be fabricated into various material forms.
  • Current use of keratin materials in biomedical applications.
  • Characteristic properties of keratinbased materials


Dr. Shubha Anand completed B.Tech in Biotechnology at the Amity University, India in 2011. Later she completed M.Tech in Biotechnology at the A.P.J Abdul Kalam University, India in 2015. She then joined the research group of Dr. Sharmita Gupta at the Dayalbagh Educational Institute (DEI). She received her PhD degree in 2023 at the same institution. She is currently working as a Lecturer in DEI