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Eben Alsberg, PhD – New biomaterial systems, microenvironments and technologies with controlled temporal and spatial signal presentation for regulating cell behavior and engineering normal and pathologic tissues
October 10, 2019 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Eben Alsberg, PhD
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Orthopedic Surgery
University of Illinois at Chicago
Eben Alsberg, who was recently hired under the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) President’s Distinguished Hire program, holds the Richard and Loan Hill Professorship in the Department of Bioengineering at UIC, where he serves as Director of the Stem Cell and Engineered Novel Therapeutics Laboratory. He was previously a professor at Case Western Reserve University in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery from 2005-2018. He received his B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science and Biomedical Engineering,cum laude, from Duke University in 1994. He then received an M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering (1998), an M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering (1998), and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (2002) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Following his graduate studies, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Vascular Biology Program at Harvard Medical School. His laboratory focuses on engineering functional biologic replacements to repair damaged or diseased tissues in the body. Complex signals implicated in tissue morphogenesis, repair, and homeostasis are used as inspiration for the development of innovative biomaterials for tissue regeneration. Through the precise temporal and spatial presentation of soluble bioactive factors, mechanical forces, and biomaterial physical and biochemical properties, his lab aspires to create microenvironments that regulate cell gene expression and new tissue formation. He’s co-authored over 125 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and his work has been recognized with the Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging Award, the Biovalley Young Investigator Award from the Tissue Engineering Society International, the Crain’s Cleveland Business Forty Under 40 Award, a Visiting Professorship at Kyung Hee University (Korea), a Lady Davis Fellowship at the Technion (Israel), and election to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. The NIH, DOD, NSF, the Ellison Medical Foundation, the Coulter Foundation, the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, the State of Ohio and the AO Foundation have funded his lab’s research. He is active in many professional societies, and currently serves on the Americas Council of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS).