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Anseth to present as part of Distinguished Lecture Series

The Carver College of Medicine’s 2013-2014 Distinguished Biomedical Lecture Series continues Thursday, October 17 with Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Kristi Anseth. Anseth’s talk, “Hydrogels as Mimics of the Extracellular Matrix: Applications in Cell Biology and Tissue Regeneration,” is co-sponsored by the Department of Internal Medicine and will be held at 4:00 pm in Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF).

Kristi Anseth received her Bachelor of Science from Purdue University, where she began her research career working in the laboratory of Nicholas A. Peppas, ScD as an undergraduate. She then earned her PhD at the University of Colorado in 1994 working with mentor Christopher Bowman, PhD, another former student of Peppas’.

Anseth is currently a Distinguished Professor, Tisone Professor and associate professor of surgery at the University of Colorado. She is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

At Anseth’s laboratory, the team designs synthetic hydrogel biomaterials to imitate the extracellular matrix surrounding cells. Her novel approach applies photopolymerization and photodegradation to enable precise control in space and time over hydrogels’ structure and composition. This enables fundamental investigations into the molecular dynamics of processes at the cell-biomaterial interface. The lab also studies tissue engineering, using similar materials to develop replacement cartilage and heart valves.

Having earned acclaim in both science and engineering, Anseth is a decorated researcher. In 1999, she was named to the MIT Technology Review as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35 and, a few years later in 2008, she was named as one of the ‘Brilliant 10’ Scientists in Popular Science. Anseth is a member of both the Institute of Medicine and the National Academies of Engineering. She also holds the distinction of becoming the first engineer to ever be selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator.

Story Source: UI Carver College of Medicine, 200 College of Medicine Administration Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Media Contact: Benji McElroy, UI Carver College of Medicine, benjamin-mcelroy@uiowa.edu