John L. Ricci, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics
Director, Master of Science in Biomaterials Degree Program


BS 1977 (Biology), Muhlenberg College; PhD 1984 (Anatomy), University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Research Interests: Cell and tissue response to permanent and resorbable biomaterials • Tissue-engineered scaffolds for bone and soft tissue
repair • Controlled microtexture surfaces for dental implants • Bone graft substitutes • Methodologies for analyzing and imaging bone and soft tissue structure

Representative publications

Alexander H, Ricci JL, Hrico GL: A mechanical basis for bone retention around dental implants. J Biomed Mater Res (B) Applied Biomaterials, Published Online: 23 Apr 2007 DOI: 10.1002/jbm.b.30845.

Ricci JL, Grew JC, Alexander H: Connective-tissue responses to defined biomaterial surfaces: Part I. Growth of rat fibroblast and bone marrow cell colonies on microgrooved substrates. J Biomed Mater Res (A), Published Online: 9 Aug 2007 DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.31379.

Grew JC, Ricci JL, Alexander H: Connective-tissue responses to defined biomaterial surfaces: Part II. Behavior of rat and mouse fibroblasts cultured on microgrooved substrates. Submitted to J Biomed Mater Res (A), Published Online: 9 Aug 2007 DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.31378.

Simon JL, Michna S, Lewis JA, Rekow ED, Thompson VP, Smay JE, Yampolsky A, Parsons JR, Ricci JL: In vivo bone response to 3-D periodic hydroxyapatite scaffolds assembled by direct ink writing. J Biomed Mater Res (A), Published Online: 8 Jun 2007 DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.31329.

Mamidwar SS, Christopher Arena, Kelly S, Alexander H, Ricci J: In vitro characterization of a calcium sulfate/PLLA composite for use as a bone graft material. J Biomed Mater Res (B) Applied Biomaterials, 81B(1):57-65, 2007.

Rekow D, Thompson VP, Ricci JL: Influence of scaffold meso-scale features on bone tissue response. J. Mater Sci (2006) 41:5113-5121.

Mamidwar S, Alexander H, Ricci JL: Bone Repair with Calcium Sulfate-Based Bone Grafts. Inside Dentistry, Vol. 2, Special Edition 2, September 2006.

Yousef H, Luke A, Ricci J, Weiner S: Analysis of changes in implant screws subject to occlusal loading: A preliminary analysis. Implant Dentistry, 14(4):378-385, 2005.

Schweitzer DM, Goldstein GR, Ricci JL, Silva NRFA, Hittleman MA: Comparison of bond strength of a pressed ceramic fused to metal versus feldspathic porcelain fused to metal. J Prostho 14(4): 1-9, 2005.

Jahangiri L, Hessamfar R, Ricci JL: Partial regeneration of periodontal ligament on endosseous dental implants in dogs. Clin Oral Impl Res 16:396-401, 2005.

Vasudev DV, Ricci JL, Sabatino C, Li P, Parsons JR: In vivo evaluation of a biomimetic apatite coating grown on titanium surfaces. J Biomed Mater Res 69A: 629636, 2004.

Orsini G, Ricci J, Scarano A, Pecora G, Petrone G, Iezzi G, Piattelli A: Bone-Defect Healing with Calcium-Sulfate Particles and Cement: An Experimental Study in Rabbit. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater 68B: 199208, 2004.

Simon JL, Dutta Roy T, Parsons JR, Rekow ED, Thompson VP, Kemnitzer J, Ricci, JL: Engineered cellular response to scaffold architecture in a rabbit trephine defect. J. Biomed Mater Res, 66A:275-282, 2003.

Dutta Roy T, Simon JL, Ricci JL, Rekow ED, Thompson VP, Parsons JR: Performance of degradable composite bone repair products made via three-dimensional fabrication techniques. J. Biomed Mater Res, 66A:283-291, 2003.

Gosain AK, Song L, Riordan P, Amarante MT, Nagy PG, Wilson CR, Toth JM, Ricci JL: A 1-year study of osteoinduction in hydroxyapatite-derived biomaterials in an adult sheep model: Part 1. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 109:619-630, 2002.

Frenkel SR, Simon J, Alexander H, Dennis M, Ricci JL: Osseointegration on metallic implant surfaces: Effects of microgeometry and growth factor treatment. J. Biomed Mater Res (Applied Biomaterials), 63(6):706-713, 2002.

Soboyejo WO, Nemetski B, Allameh S, Marcantonio N, Mercer C, and Ricci J: Interactions between MC3T3-E1 cells and textured Ti6Al4V surfaces. J Biomed Mater Res. 62:1, 57-72, 2002.

Wells MR, Vaidya U, Ricci JL, and Cristie C: A neuromuscular platform to extract motor signal information from lesioned nerves. J Rehab Res Dev 38:385-390, 2001.

Ricci JL and Alexander H: Laser Microtexturing of Implant Surfaces for Enhanced Tissue Integration. Key Engineering Mater. 198-199:179-202, 2001.