Chapters - Americas - Award Winners


TERMIS AM 2017 Awardees

Joseph P. Vacanti, MD - Lifetime Achievement Award

John Homans Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Emeritus
Surgeon-in-Chief, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Emeritus 
Co-Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine, MGH 
Director, Laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication, MGH

Dr. Joseph Vacanti received his Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from Creighton University in 1970 and graduated first in his class.  He received his MD, with high distinction, from University of Nebraska College of Medicine, and an MS from Harvard Medical School. He trained in General Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, in Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital, Boston, and Transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh. 

As an academic surgeon, Dr. Vacanti has been active in clinical innovation as well as basic research.  He instituted New England’s first successful pediatric ECMO program in 1984 while at Children’s Hospital Boston. As well, he began the nation’s first liver transplantation program specifically for the pediatric population.  Dr. Vacanti has been working in the field of tissue engineering since its beginning in the early 1980s – a mission that stems from his long-held interest in solving the problem of organ shortages.  His approach to developing tissue involves a scaffold made of a biodegradable polymer, seeding it with living cells, and bathing it in growth factors.  The cells can come from living tissue or stem cells. The cells multiply, filling the scaffold, and growing into a three-dimensional tissue.  Once implanted in the body, the cells recreate their proper tissue function, blood vessels grow into the new tissue, the scaffold degrades, and lab-grown tissue becomes indistinguishable from its surroundings.  Over the last 15 years, Dr. Vacanti has studied creating complete vascular networks as part of implantable tissue engineered devices which then allows the fabrication of large, complex living structures such as vital organs, extremities or craniofacial reconstruction. To further the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, Dr. Vacanti was a founding co-president of the Tissue Engineering Society, now named the Tissue Engineering Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS). It currently has 5000 active members from 80 countries worldwide. He also was founding senior editor of the journal “Tissue Engineering.” It currently serves all of the members of TERMIS, 1700 libraries in 20 countries, and is provided free online to 106 developing nations.  It has over 250,000 full text downloads and 500,000 abstract downloads per year with an impact factor of approximately 4.5

Dr. Vacanti has held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School since 1974.  He has authored over 320 original reports, 69 book chapters, 54 reviews, and over 473 abstracts.  He has 81 patents or patents pending in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan.  Dr. Vacanti has been the recipient of numerous awards for his contributions in surgery as well as tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. 

Dr. John P. Fisher - Senior Scientist Award

Dr. John P. Fisher is the Fischell Family Distinguished Professor and Department Chair in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland.  Dr. Fisher is also the Director of the newly established NIH Center for Engineering Complex Tissue (CECT) that aims to create a broad community focusing on 3D printing and bioprinting for regenerative medicine applications.  Dr. Fisher completed a B.S. in biomedical and chemical engineering at The Johns Hopkins University (1995), M.S. in chemical engineering at the University of Cincinnati (1998), Ph.D. in bioengineering at Rice University (2003), and postdoctoral fellowship in cartilage biology and engineering at the University of California Davis (2003).

As the Director of the Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Laboratory, Dr. Fisher’s group investigates biomaterials, stem cells, bioprinting, and bioreactors for the regeneration of lost tissues, particularly bone, cartilage, and cardiovascular tissues.  Initially, the laboratory developed a novel class of biodegradable polymers, based upon an acetal monomer, that result in non-acidic degradation products upon hydrolysis.  The laboratory utilized these, and other polymer systems (both natural and synthetic) to create biomimetic environments for cell culture and, critically, demonstrated the relationship between cell microenvironment and endogenous protein signal expression.  Subsequent efforts focused on the development of a novel perfusion bioreactor for dynamic cell culture.  Most recently, Dr. Fisher’s laboratory has developed strategies for the 3D printing of a variety of tissue engineering biomaterials and scaffolds.

Overall, the laboratory has published over 140 articles, book chapters, and proceedings (4900+ citations / 39 h-index) as well as delivered over 285 invited and contributed presentations, while utilizing over $15M in financial support from NIH, NSF, FDA, NIST, DoD, and other institutions.  Fisher has advised 8 postdoctoral fellows (3 current), 23 doctoral students (12 current), 6 Master students, and supported the research activities of over 65 undergraduates (8 current).  Students in Dr. Fisher’s laboratory have received a number of awards and honors: University of Maryland Undergraduate Researcher of the Year (3), Bioengineering Department Outstanding Graduate Researcher of the Year (2), NSF Graduate Fellows (2), AHA Graduate Fellow (3), NIH Postdoctoral Fellow (1), Fulbright Fellow (2), and TERMIS / Mary Ann Liebert Outstanding Student (1). 

Fisher has been elected Fellow of both the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2012) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (2016).  Fisher has received the NSF CAREER Award (2005), Arthritis Foundation’s Investigator Award (2006), Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award from the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University (2007), Engalitcheff Award from the Arthritis Foundation (2008), Next Power Professorship from Tsing Hua University in Taiwan (2015), and a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the National University of Ireland, Galway (2015).  At the University of Maryland, Fisher has received the Invention of the Year Award (2006 & 2014), First Place in the Venture Fair Competition (2009 & 2013), Teaching Excellence Award from the Fischell Department of Bioengineering (2011), Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award (2015), and the Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies Award (2015).  Fisher is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Tissue Engineering, Part B: Reviews.  In addition, Fisher has edited or co-edited 6 monographs in the field of tissue engineering.  In 2014, Fisher was the Chair of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society– Americas (TERMIS-AM) Chapter Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.  In 2014, Fisher was elected Chair of TERMIS-AM, and in 2015 started his term as Chair-Elect of the society. 

Dr. Lauren Black - Educational Award

Dr. Lauren Black is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University where he started his independent career in 2010. He has been honored previously with several awards including the NSF-CAREER Award, being named a 2014 Young Innovator by the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Journal, a 2015 Rising Star Award at the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference, and the winner of the 2015 TERMIS– AM Young Investigator Award. He was also recently elected a Fellow of the American Association (FAHA). Dr. Black has always had a strong interest in education, having mentored over 40 undergraduate students in research projects during his time at Tufts. In addition, he founded a Summer High School Research Program in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Tufts University that in its 6th year has seen over 60 high school students carry out directed research projects in labs within the department. A number of these student have gone on to win state level and national level awards at science fair competitions and most alums have now continued to pursue STEM degrees as undergraduates.

Ngan F. Huang - Young Investigator Award

Ngan F. Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University and Principal Investigator at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.  Dr. Huang completed her BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the research guidance of Dr. Robert Langer.  She then received her MS and PhD in bioengineering from the University of California Berkeley & University of California San Francisco Joint Program in Bioengineering under the mentorship of Dr. Song Li.  Prior to joining the faculty, she was a postdoctoral scholar in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University under the guidance of Dr. John Cooke.  Her laboratory investigates the interactions between stem cells and extracellular matrix microenvironment for engineering cardiovascular tissues to treat cardiovascular and musculoskeletal diseases.  Dr. Huang has authored over 60 publications and patents, including reports in Nat MedPNAS, and Nano Lett.  She has received numerous honors, including a NIH K99/R00 Career Development Award, Fellow of the American Heart Association, a Young Investigator award from the Society for Vascular Medicine, and a Rising Star award at the CMBE-BMES conference.  Her research is funded by the NIH, Department of Defense, and Department of Veteran Affairs.


Mahesh Devarasetty - Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award

Mahesh Devarasetty is a recent graduate of the Virginia-Tech Wake Forest University School for Biomedical Engineering and Sciences Ph.D. program, and received his B.S. in biomedical engineering from the Columbia University. He studied under the mentorship of Dr. Shay Soker at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine performing work pertaining to organoid development, cancer modeling, and hydrogel fabrication and analysis. Mahesh is a current NIH T32 fellow, and has co-authored 9 publications.

TERMIS AM 2016 Awardees

Michael Sefton - Lifetime Achievement Award
Presentation Date: Monday, December 12th from 9:00 - 9:30 AM in Harbor Ballroom D
Presentation Title: "Are Cells Really Necessary for Regenerative Medicine"

MICHAEL V. SEFTON is University Professor and Michael E. Charles Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto. He was Director of the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto from 1999-2005 and President of the US Society For Biomaterials in 2006. He has received the Founders Award of the US Society For Biomaterials, the Killam Prize in Engineering of the Canada Council and the Acta Biomaterialia Gold award (among others). He has been active in the preparation of blood compatible materials through heparinization, the microencapsulation of mammalian cells in synthetic polymers and various strategies for vascularizing tissue constructs. He was elected an international member of the US National Academy of Medicine in 2014 and received the Terumo Global Science prize in 2016

Ali Khademhosseini - Senior Scientist Award
Presentation Date: Tuesday, December 13th from 4:15 - 4:30 PM in Harbor Ballroom D
Presentation Title: "Nano- and Microfabricated Hydrogels for Regenerative Engineering"

Ali Khademhosseini is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Biomaterials Innovation Research Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is also a faculty at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology as well as an Associate Faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and a Junior PI at Japan's World Premier International-Advanced Institute for Materials Research at Tohoku University where he directs a satellite laboratory. He is recognized as a leader in combining micro- and nano-engineering approaches with advanced biomaterials for regenerative medicine applications. In particular, his laboratory has pioneered numerous technologies and materials for controlling the architecture and function of engineered vascularized tissues. He has authored over 450 journal papers (H-index = 83, ~25,000 citations) and 50 books/chapters. In addition, he has delivered 250+ invited/keynote lectures. Dr. Khademhosseini's interdisciplinary research has been recognized by over 40 major national and international awards. He is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the US government for early career investigators. He is also a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Fellow of the Biomaterials Sciences and Engineering (FBSE) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Currently he serves on the editorial board of numerous leading journals as well as an Associate Editor for ACS Nano (IF: 12) and a permanent member of NIH BTSS study section. He received his Ph.D. in bioengineering from MIT (2005), and MASc (2001) and BASc (1999) degrees from University of Toronto both in chemical engineering. Read more at: 

Johnna Temenoff - Educational Award
Presentation Date: Tuesday, December 13th from 4:30 - 4:45 PM in Harbor Ballroom D
Presentation Title: "The Intersection of Research and Education in Biomaterials"

Dr. Johnna Temenoff joined the faculty in the Coulter Deparment of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech/Emory University in 2005. She has been honored previously with several awards, such as the NSF CAREER Award and the Arthritis Foundation Investigator Award, and was named to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE) in 2015. She also acts as the Co-Director for the Regenerative Engineering and Medicine Center, a statewide initiative encompassing three premier research universities in Georgia (Georgia Tech, Emory University, and the University of Georgia). Dr. Temenoff has demonstrated her commitment to undergraduate biomaterials education by co-authored a highly successful introductory textbook - Biomaterials: The Intersection of Biology and Materials Science, by J.S. Temenoff and A.G. Mikos. This book has been adopted in over 50 universities, and has been printed in three international editions. In response, Dr. Temenoff and Dr. Mikos were awarded the American Society for Engineering Education's 2010 Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award for best new engineering textbook. 

Jordan Green - Young Investigator Award
Presentation Date: Wednesday, December 14th from 8:00 - 8:15 AM in Harbor Ballroom D
Presentation Title: "Biomimicry of the Antigen Presenting Cell: The Importance of Size and Shape"

Dr. Jordan J. Green is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Ophthalmology, Oncology, Neurosurgery, and Materials Science & Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also co-founder of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center at JHU and an executive committee member of the Institute for NanoBioTechnology at JHU. Dr. Green received his B.S. in chemical engineering and in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003 and completed his Ph.D. in biological engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007. His work has resulted in the publication of over 70 papers and he has received numerous awards including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Allan P. Colburn Award, the Biomedical Engineering Society Rita Schaffer Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and was named by Popular Science as one of the "Brilliant Ten." Dr. Green's main research interests are in creating biomaterials and nanobiotechnology for regenerative medicine and advanced therapeutics. 

Jenna Dziki - Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award
Presentation Date: Wednesday, December 14th from 8:15 - 8:30 AM in Harbor Ballroom D
Presentation Title: "Extracellular Matrix Bioscaffolds for Volumetric Muscle Loss Treatment"

Jenna Dziki is a third year PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh in Dr. Badylak's laboratory. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, has co-authored 14 publications in journals including Biomaterials, Science Advances, Science Translational Medicine, and Nature Regenerative Medicine. Her research focuses on regenerative medicine strategies for skeletal muscle repair.



TERMIS AM 2015 Awardees

The recipients will be presented with their awards during the Gala Dinner at the Museum of Science on Thursday, September 10th at 8:00 PM.

Antonios is the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. He is the Director of the J.W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering at Rice University. Dr. Mikos is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of the United States and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is a Founding Fellow of the TERMIS, and a Fellow of the AAAS, AIChE, AIMBE, BMES, CRS, and IUSBSE.

SENIOR SCIENTIST AWARD: Robert T. Tranquillo, Ph.D.
Robert is the Department Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Tranquillo has used a combined modeling and experimental approach to understand cell behavior, in particular, directed cell migration and cell-matrix mechanical interactions. More recently, his research program has focused on the role of cell behavior in cardiovascular and neural tissue engineering applications. His research has resulted in over 90 peer-reviewed publications. Prof. Tranquillo is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Society, and a Distinguished McKnight University Professor.

Professor Eric Brey is Duchossois Leadership Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology and Research Health Scientist at Edward Hines, Jr., Veterans Administration Hospital. His research is focused on the engineering of vascularized tissues and the application of new tools for imaging and assessment of engineered tissues. His educational research involves the development of innovative outreach programs for broadening engagement in biomedical engineering, tiered mentoring programs in research programs and building ethical cultures in research.

Lauren D. Black III has been an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University since 2010. His lab focuses on the development of new therapeutic strategies to treat cardiac injury and/ or malformation in both pediatric and adult patients. The target of many of these strategies is extracellular signaling in the cardiac microenvironment and particularly the role that changes to the properties of the extracellular matrix in health and disease play on cell fate and function. Prior to joining Tufts he completed his postdoctoral work under Dr. Robert Tranquillo and Dr. Doris Taylor at the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University in 2006 in the lab of Dr. Bela Suki.

Tim Keane is a third year PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh in Dr. Stephen Badylak's laboratory. He's a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, has co-authored 16 publications and is co-inventor on 3 filed patents. His research is focused on regenerative medicine therapies for gastrointestinal diseases.



TERMIS AM 2014 Awardees

Lifetime Achievement Award: Anthony Atala
Presentation Title: Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends
Presentation Date: Sunday, December 14th - 8:00 AM after the Keynote presentation


Senior Scientist Award: Molly Shoichet
Presentation Title: Designer Hydrogels Influence Cell Fate
Presentation Date: Monday, December 15th - 8:00 AM after the Keynote presentation


Young Investigator Award: Warren Grayson
Presentation Title: Recycling: Turning Fat into Vascularized Bone and Skeletal Muscle
Presentation Date: Monday, December 15th - 8:00 AM after the Senior Scientist Award presentation


Educational Award: Bryan Brown
Presentation Title: Educational initiatives within the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Presentation Date: Tuesday, December 16th - 8:00 AM after the Keynote presentation

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award: Laura Bracaglia
Presentation Title: PPF Reinforced Pericardium as a Hybrid Material for Cardiovascular Applications
Presentation Date: Tuesday, December 16th - 8:00 AM after the Educational Award presentation





TERMIS AM 2013 Awardees

Lifetime Achievement Award Robert M. Nerem


Senior Scientist Award William R. Wagner


Young Investigator Award Alison P. McGuiga

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award Rameshwar R. Rao


TERMIS AM 2012 Awardees

Lifetime Achievement Award Alan J. Russell


Senior Scientist Award Stephen F. Badylak


Young Investigator Award Karen L. Christman


Educational Award Kacey G. Marra


Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award Brian M. Sicar

Innovation/Commercialization Award Andrew J. Marshall





TERMIS NA 2011 Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert S. Langer


Senior Scientist Award: David J. Mooney


Young Investigator Award: F. Kurtis Kasper


Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award: Jessica A. DeQuach






TERMIS NA 2010 Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award: Arnold I. Caplan

Young Investigator Award: Ali Khademhosseini

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award: James Kretlow