Bioartificial Materials for Enhanced Tissue Repair 2
Speaker: Andres Garcia, Georgia Tech
Date & Time: November 16, 2009 - 1:30pm
Location: BME Auditorium, Busch Campus
Dr. García's research activities center on biomaterial, cellular and tissue engineering, areas which integrate engineering and biological principles to control cell function in order to restore and/or enhance function in injured or diseased organs. His research activities focus on (i) engineering biomaterials to direct cell function and tissue healing, (ii) quantitative analyses of mechanisms regulating cell adhesive forces, and (iii) hybrid cell/scaffold constructs to create templates for tissue regeneration and repair. These integrated cellular engineering strategies have provided new insights into mechanisms regulating cell-material interactions and established new approaches for the rational design of biomaterials and cell-delivery vehicles for regenerative medicine applications, including bone repair, vascularization and inflammation. These strategies are directly significant to numerous biomaterials, biomedical, and biotechnological applications. Dr. García has co-authored research and review papers in leading biomaterials, tissue engineering, and cell biology journals as well as several patents and invention disclosures. His research has received funding from the NIH, NSF, Arthritis Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He has received several distinctions, including the S.R. Pollack Award for Excellence in Graduate Bioengineering Research, Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, NSF CAREER Award, Arthritis Investigator Award, Georgia Tech's CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, and the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Biomaterials. Dr. García is currently a Woodruff Faculty Fellow and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Bioengineering Program at Georgia Tech. He is also the director of a NIH/NIGMS Biotechnology Training Grant on Cell and Tissue Engineering.