Bio-Interfacial Chemistry is the core of the Wittenberg lab. He and his team create models to mimic microscopic surfaces and develop analytical methods to study these surfaces. The work may help scientists better understand the human nervous system and its ability, or lack thereof, to repair itself, and how drugs can and do influence that reparation process.
Wittenberg explores strategies to promote nervous system repair by developing methods and building a repertoire of measurements that characterize interactions between models of the cell membrane and neuroprotective molecules. The researchers look at how certain proteins bind to lipid membranes, and attempt to make measurements that are both new and significant.
Wittenberg and his lab work closely with the Mayo Clinic to share their research and discoveries.