Mary Cowman ,

  • Professor Emerita


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Research Interests
Bioanalytical and biophysical chemistry. Structure, function, and medical applications of the biomatrix surrounding cells, with special expertise in hyaluronan polysaccharide. Identification of biomarkers derived from extracellular matrix.

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Ophthalmology Research

Brandeis University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry

Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D., Chemistry

Journal Articles



Authored/Edited Books

Books Edited:

  • Garg, H.G., Cowman, M.K., and Hales, C.A., eds. (2008) "Carbohydrate Chemistry, Biology, and Medical Applications", Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Book Chapters:


  • Founding Chair, Biomedical Engineering Department, 2019-2020
  • Director, Biomatrix Research Center, 2015-2016
  • Visiting Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 2014-2019
  • Associate Dean for Bioengineering, 2013-2019
  • Associate Provost for Programs, Planning, and Development, 2011-2013
  • Director-at Large, New York Section, American Chemical Society, 2007-2008
  • Director, Westchester subsection, American Chemical Society, 2006-2010
  • Director, Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, 2006-2008
  • Department Head, Chemistry, 1993-1995
  • Member of International Society for Hyaluronan Sciences, American Chemical Society, Biophysical Society, Society for Glycobiology, American Society for Matrix Biology, Orthopaedic Research Society, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, New York Academy of Sciences.
  • Scientific Program and Planning Committees: "Hyaluronan 2000", "MMC-9" (Macromolecule-Metal Complexes 2001), "Hyaluronan 2003", “Hyaluronan 2007”, "Hyaluronan 2013", "Hyaluronan 2015", Hyaluronan 2017, "Hyaluronan 2019".

  • Founding Member, Treasurer (2004-2008), Secretary (2009-2013), Trustee (2014-2015, President-Elect (2015), President (2016-2019), International Society for Hyaluronan Sciences, 2004-present
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, Westchester Chemical Society, 2007
  • Distinguished Teacher Award, Polytechnic University, 2006

Biocompatible materials containing stable complexes of TSG-6 and hyaluronan and method of using same, (US Patent No. 8,093,365. Issued January 10, 2012.)

Biocompatible materials containing stable complexes of TSG-6 and hyaluronan and method of using same, (US Patent 8,420,601 (divisional). Issued April 16, 2013)

Nanocomposite Hyaluronic Acid-Clay Based Hydrogels., (US Patent 8,367,117. Issued February 5, 2013.)

Compositions and Methods for Cartilage Defect Repair using a RHAMM - Mimetic Pepide, (US Patent 10, 449, 229. Issued October 22, 2019)

Method for separating hyaluronan and quantifying its molecular mass distribution in biological samples. US Patent 10,723,812. Issued July 28, 2020


Research News

August 26, 2021