• PhD, Biological and Medical Sciences, Brown University


Dr. Tresco joined the Bioengineering faculty at the University of Utah in 1992. He currently holds the position of Chair and Professor in the Deopartment of Bioengineering Dr. Tresco is also the founding director of the W. M. Keck Center for Tissue Engineering at the University of Utah and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). The study of cell-material interactions and biocompatibility has been the central mission of his career with particular emphasis and impact on the development and application of biomaterials in the nervous system for axonal regeneration and neuroprosthetic applications. Dr. Tresco’s contributions to the literature include 80+ peer-reviewed journal publications generating over 4800 citations, 170+ peer-reviewed conference proceedings and nearly 100 invited talks in a variety of top venues. He presently holds 21 issued and pending patents relating areas of biotechnology, and has contributed to the founding of several companies including Acorda Therapeutics Inc., Hawthorne, NY, and Cytotherapeutics, Inc., Providence RI. In addition, he has served as a biomaterials consultant to such companies as Bard Access Systems, Fresenius, Microislet, Cytotherapeutics, Medtronic, and Smith Kline Beecham. Dr. Tresco is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the top US Engineering Honor Society, and is a Fellow in the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering,