Professor Mark W. Grinstaff

Professor of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering
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Mark W. Grinstaff is a Distinguished Professor of Translational Research, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, and Medicine as well as the Director of the NIH T32 Program in Biomaterials and the Director of the Nanotechnology Innovation Center at Boston University.

Mark received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois under the mentorship of Professor Kenneth S. Suslick and was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology with Professor Harry B. Gray . Mark's awards include the ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award, NSF Career Award, Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, Camille Dreyfus Teacher- Scholar , Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Edward M. Kennedy Award for Health Care Innovation, and a Founding Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is an author or co-author on more than 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts, given more than 300 oral presentations, and an inventor or co- inventor on more than 200 issued patents or pending applications. His students and fellows have given more than 175 oral presentations and 400 posters at national and international meetings. He is a co-founder of several companies that are commercializing his ideas, and he has several products being sold and used in the clinic. His current research activities involve the synthesis of new macromolecules and biomaterials, self-assembly chemistry, imaging contrast agents, drug delivery, and wound repair.





Dr. Philippe Barthelemy, Ph.D.

Philippe is a full Professor at the University of Bordeaux Segalen and a previous Vice President of the University. He is leading the “ChemBioPharm” team of the INSERM U1212. His expertise lies in supramolecular chemistry, nucleic acids, and nucleolipids, and together with Dr. Grinstaff synthesized and studied the self-assembly of nucleoside-base amphiliphiles. These amphiphiles are of interest for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. Over the course of his tenure, Barthelemy’s research has yielded more than 110 peer-reviewed publications, more than 15 patents and patent applications, and more than 100 oral invited presentations.

Dr. Aaron H. Colby Ph.D.

Aaron is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. His research interests include the design of new biomaterials and novel drug delivery systems with a particular emphasis on navigating the preclinical path required to translate technologies into the clinic. Aaron completed his postdoctoral degree at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School under the guidance of Doctor Yolonda L. Colson, M.D./Ph.D. He completed his his Ph.D. under the mentorship of Professor Mark Grinstaff at Boston University in 2014, during which time he was a Fellow of both the National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded Cross-Disciplinary Training in Nanotechnology for Cancer (XTNC) program as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Quantitative Biology and Physiology Training program. He is an author or co-author on thirteen peer-reviewed publications, has two patents, and has given nineteen invited lectures, oral presentations or posters. He is a co-founder of several companies that are commercializing his ideas and maintains active partnerships in both industry and academia.

Dr. Yolonda Colson, M.D., Ph.D.

Yolonda is a Professor of Surgery, the Michael A. Bell Family Distinguished Chair in Healthcare Innovation, a clinically active cardiothoracic surgeon, and Director of the Women's Lung Cancer Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Her area of clinical expertise and innovation is the development of new approaches to diagnose occult nodal metastases and to prevent and treat tumor recurrence after "curative" surgical resection. She also dedicates time as educator/mentor in national roles focused on fostering young academic cardiothoracic surgeons and surgeon-scientists. She has published more than 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Dr. Dan Kenan, Ph.D.

Daniel is a Board Certified Pathologist at the University of Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. at Duke University. He is an expert in phage display, aptamers, viral infections, and nephropathology. Together with Dr. Grinstaff they developed a novel nano-coating technology capable of directing biological processes at the interface between a biologic and a synthetic surface, termed interfacial biomaterials, and co-founded Affinergy Inc. with Mr. Jonathan Gindes and Mr. Peyton Anderson.

Dr. Terry Kim, Ph.D.

Terry is a Professor of Ophthalmology at Duke University Eye Center. He is a world’s expert and key opinion leader in corneal diseases and cataract surgery. He has published over 200 journal articles and 3 well-respected textbooks. He has been the recipient of the Achievement Award and the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Dr. Kim also sits on the Editorial Board for several peer-reviewed journals and trade publications, including Cornea, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Ocular Surgery News, Eyeworld, Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today, Premier Surgeon, Review of Ophthalmology, Advanced Ocular Care, and Topics in Ocular Antiinfectives. Together with Dr. Grinstaff, they developed several new adhesives for the repair of cornea wounds and this research lead to the product OcusealTM – Liquid Ocular Bandage by Hyperbranch Medical Technology which is sold by Beaver Visitec.

Dr. Amit Meller, Ph.D.

Amit is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and holds the Roy Matas Winnipeg Chair in Biomedical Engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He is also the Director of I-Core: Center of Excellence in Biological Physics in the The Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute (RBNi). He is a world leader in solid-state nanopores, and was fortunate to be among the first to develop and employ nanopore-based DNA and RNA single molecule sensors, and publish some of the early and most cited papers in this field. In 2004, he invented a nanopore-based nucleic acid sequencing method that gives both electrical and optical readouts. Together with Dr. Grinstaff, they are fine-tuning the rate of nucleic acid translocations through a nanopore using a variety polymer and small molecule modifications of the nanopore to enhance its resolution.

Dr. Ara Nazarian, Ph.D.

Ara is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School and a member of the Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Studies and BIDMC. His research interests are in musculoskeletal diseases, trauma, and biomechanics, with particular expertise in CT-based rigidity analysis technique to assess fracture risk in patients with skeletal pathologies, dissolvable adhesives for the treatment of second degree burns, and novel therapies for the treatment of frozen shoulder.

Dr. Brian Snyder M.D., Ph.D.

Brian is a Board Certified Pediatric Orthopaedic surgeon on staff at Children’s Hospital, where his clinical practice focuses on hip dysplasia and acquired deformities about the hip, spine deformity, cerebral palsy and pediatric trauma. He is also a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School and a Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, College of Engineering. His research merges the analytic techniques developed in the Laboratory with the innovative diagnostic and surgical techniques developed at Children’s Hospital for treating musculoskeletal diseases.

Dr. Benjamin Cooper

B.S. in Chemistry at Brandies University (2011)
Ph.D. in Chemistry at Boston University (2016)
bgcooper@bu.edu

Dr. Maryam Salari

B. Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering from Tabriz University (2005)
M. Sc. in Materials Selection and Characterization from Amirkabir University of Technology(2007)
Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Wollongong in Australia (2013)
msalari@bu.edu

Dr. Amit Patwa

B. Sc. in Chemistry from Maharaja Sayajirao University (1998)
M. Sc. in Organic Chemistry from Maharaja Sayajirao University (2000)
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry From The National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, India (2009)
anpatwa@bu.edu

Dr. Chloe Grazon

B. Sc. Engineering from ESPCI Paris (2009)
M. Sc. in Chemistry at Universite Pierre & Marie Curie Paris (2009)
Ph.D. in Chemistry at ENS Cachan (2012)
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow Horizon 2020 (2017-2020)
cgrazon@bu.edu

Dr. Catalina Bordeianu

B. Sc. Engineering from ECPM Strasbourg(2011)
M. Sc. in Chemistry at University of Strasbourg(2013)
Ph.D. in Chemistry at IPCMS in Strasbourg (2016)
cbord@bu.edu

Ruiqing Xiao

B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry
Jilin University (2012)
xiaorq@bu.edu

Julia Wang

B.S. in Biological Engineering
Cornell University (2012)
wangjul@bu.edu

Iriny Ekladious

B.S. in Biological Engineering
Cornell University (2012)
irinye@bu.edu

Nitinun Varongchayakul

M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering
University of Maryland (2013)
B.Eng. in Nanoengineering
Chulalongkorn University (2011)
nitinunv@bu.edu

Anjeza Beharaj

B.A. in Chemistry
Boston University (2014)
beharaj@bu.edu

William Blessing

B.S. in Biological Engineering
Cornell University (2014)
wab66@bu.edu

Anant Balijepalli

B.S.E. and M.S.E in Biomedical Engineering (2013)
University of Michigan
balijep@bu.edu

Christopher Gromisch

B.S. in Chemistry
Trinity College (2011)
cgromisc@bu.edu

Jialiu Zeng

B.S. In Biomedical Engineering
National University, Singapore (2014)
jlzeng@bu.edu

Mingfu Chen

B.S. Polymer Sci & Eng, Nanjing Tech University (2013)
M.S. In Chemical Engineering, SUNY Buffalo (2015),
mingfu@bu.edu

Taylor Lawson

B.S. In Biology
Oregon State University (2014)
tlawson@bu.edu

Samantha Berry

B.M. Piano Performance
Ithaca College (2014)
sberry2@bu.edu

Hannah Caputo

B.S. In Chemistry
University of New Hampshire (2014)
hcaputo@bu.edu

Jiaxi Song

B.A. In Chemistry
Mount Holyoke College (2012)
jsong0@bu.edu

Jennifer Chapman Varela

B.S. Chemistry
St. Mary's College of California(2012)
jmc17@bu.edu

Katherine Cook

B.S. Chemistry
University of Richmond(2016)
kacook1@bu.edu

Maria Varghese

B.S. and M.A. In Chemistry
IISER, Thiruvananthapuram (2016)
mariavar@bu.edu

Andrew Martin

B.S. Biological Engineering
University of Georgia(2015)
ajmart@bu.edu