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Dr. David Kaplan, Director

Dr. David Kaplan holds an Endowed Chair, the Stern Family Professor of Engineering, at Tufts University. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and also holds faculty appointments in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Chemistry, the Tufts University School of Medicine and the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. His research focus is on biopolymer engineering to understand structure-function relationships, with emphasis on studies related to self-assembly, biomaterials engineering and functional tissue engineering. He has published more than 700 papers and edited eight books. He has been the director of TERC since its inception in 2004. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals and is Editor-in-Chief for the journal ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering. He has served as chair of the NIH Biomaterials & Biointerfaces study section and serves on the boards of numerous academic and government programs or centers. He has received a number of awards for teaching, was Elected Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (2003) and received the Society for Biomaterials Clemson Award for contributions to the literature in 2007. 
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Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Associate Director

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering, a Professor of Medical Sciences at Columbia University, and a faculty in the Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Human Development. She directs the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering with 35 investigators. She serves on the Columbia University President’s Task Force for Precision Medicine, on editorial boards of 18 journals, Board of Directors of the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), as the US Section Head for Musculoskeletal Repair & Regeneration Faculty 1000 of Medicine, and on numerous advisory boards and councils. The focus of her research is on engineering functional human tissues for regenerative medicine and study of disease. She is well published and highly cited (>18,600 citations, impact factor h=82 on ISI Web of Science; >31,400 citations, h=101 on Google Scholar). She has 75 licensed, issued or pending patents and has founded three biotech companies: epiBone, Tara, and MatriTek. Gordana was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2000), inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame (2008), and received the Clemson Award of the Biomaterials Society "for significant contributions to the literature on biomaterials" (2009). She gave the Director's lecture at the NIH in 2007, as the first woman engineer to receive this distinction. She was elected to the New York Academy of Sciences (2009), Academia Europaea (2012), and the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2012). She is a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (2009), a Fellow of the AAAS (2014), a Founding Fellow of the International Society for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (2013), elected Chair of Fellows of the AIMBE, and one of the Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers for 2014. She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (2012), the National Academy of Medicine (2014), and the National Academy of Inventors (2014).
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