• Distinguished Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Chair, Biomedical Engineering
  • Distinguished Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Adjunct Professor of Orthopedics, Orthopaedic Surgery Operations
  • Adjunct Professor, Chemistry

Honors & Awards

  • International Award. European Society for Biomaterials, 2020
  • Daniels Fund “Ethics Initiative Leadership in Education” Award. Daniels Fund (USA), 2018
  • Invited named Tsinghua Xuetang Fellow Lecture, “Chemistry Impacts and Challenges in Modern Medical Technology,”. Tsinghua University, Department of Chemistry (China), 2017
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ exchange, dissemination, diverse lectures, research. Fulbright Foundation, 2016
  • Elected Fellow. Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars, University of Utah, 2011
  • 2010 Distinguished Graduate and Post Doctoral Scholar Mentor Award. University of Utah, 2010
  • Invited guest lectures, Technical University-Aachen, Germany. European Union Madame Curie Foundation, 2009
  • 15th Annual Fritz Straumann Prize lecture. AO Foundation, 2008
  • Elected Fellow. American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2008
  • Inducted Honorary Fellow. International Union of the Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 2008
  • Clemson Award for Basic Research in Biomaterials. Society for Biomaterials, 2007
  • “Excellence in Pharmaceutics” Award. PhRMA Foundation, 2005
  • "Teacher of the Year" (university-wide, student elected). Colorado State University Alumni Association, 2003


  • Tissue Engineering for Drug Development, Switzerland (TEDD), Member, Scientific Advisory Board, 09/2012 - 12/31/2016
  • Utah-Inha Joint Center for Research in Drug Delivery Systems, Song-do, Korea (U&IDDS), Member, Board of Directors, 09/2008 - 05/2016
  • EMPA (Swiss National Metrology Research Institute), Switzerland (EMPA), Member, International Advisory Board, 10/2007 - 12/31/2015
  • Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT), Charité-Berlin, Germany (BCRT), Member, Scientific Advisory Board, 08/2007 - 12/31/2016
  • University of Wisconsin NSF MRSEC “Nanostructured Interfaces” (UW-MRSEC), Member, Scientific Advisory Board, 08/2006 - 03/2018

In the Media

Professional Service

  • Role: Reviewer. Entity: Dutch Kidney Foundation Proposal Reviewer. 2020 - 2020
  • Role: Panel Member. Entity: 2018 Global Opportunities and Partnering Event for Innovative Medical Electronics and Medical Imaging. Ministry of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan “Barriers to translating biomedical technology,”. 2018 - 2018
  • Role: Reviewer. Entity: Research Corporation (Tucson, AZ) Proposal peer review. 2016 - 2016
  • Role: Member. Entity: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Panel member, research proposal peer review. 2016 - 2016
  • Role: Co-Organizer. Entity: Biointerface International, Zürich, Switzerland Symposium Co-organizer, Session Chair, Panel Member, International Conference. 2016 - present
  • Role: Scientific Advisory Board. Entity: CURAM • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Centre for Research in Medical and Drug Delivery Devices R&D Consortium (CÚRAM), National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. 2016 - present
  • Role: Member. Entity: Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM), National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland Scientific Advisory Committee. 2016 - present
  • Role: Nibib Council Member. Entity: National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). 2016 - 2021
  • Role: Co-Editor. Entity: Elsevier Comprehensive Biomaterials (>3000 pages, 270 chapter compendium of Biomaterials, largest ever assembled). 2015 - 2016
  • Role: Critical Analysis Of Research And Scholarly Deliverable. Entity: University of Wisconsin Member. Scientific Advisory Board, NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. 2015 - 2015
  • Role: Co-Organizer, Session Chair, Speaker. Professional Research Conference. Entity: Translate! biennial professional research conference, Berlin, Germany. 2014 - present
  • Role: Chair. Entity: AO Foundation (Switzerland non-profit biomedical research foundation) AO Research Review Committee. 2014 - present
  • Role: Workshop Speaker. Entity: Global Pharmaceutics Education Network Workshop on “Barriers to absorption of nanotechnologies”, Melbourne, Australia. 2012 - 2012
  • Role: Member. Entity: Tissue Engineering for Drug Development (TEDD) Scientific Advisory Board. 2012 - 2016
  • Role: Review 10 Manuscript/Year. Entity: Journal of Controlled Release Editorial board member. 2012 - present
  • Role: Special Topics Issue Editor/Organizer. Entity: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews editorial board member. 2012 - present
  • Role: Review 10 Manuscripts Per Year. Entity: European Cells and Materials Journal Editorial Board. 2012 - present
  • Role: Member. Entity: Utah-Inha Joint Center for Research in Drug Delivery Systems, Song-do, Korea Board of Directors. 2009 - 2016
  • Role: Member. Entity: Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT), Charité-Berlin Scientific Advisory Board. 2008 - 2016
  • Role: Member. Entity: Univ. Wisconsin NSF MRSEC “Nanostructured Interfaces” Scientific Advisory Board. 2008 - present
  • Role: Symposium Co-Organizer. Entity: Thesinge Biofilms Conference Biennial Professional Research Conference on Biofilms and Infection, The Netherlands. 2000 - present

Internal Service

  • MD-PhD Steering Committee. Member, 2019 - present. service.
  • Investigational Committee, Office of Research Integrity, Vice President for Research. Member, 2018 - 2018. service.
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering. Chair, 2017 - present. service.
  • Nominations Committee, University Distinguished Faculty. Member, 2016 - 2019. service.
  • CSTEC@Utah (Cell Sheet Tissue Engineering Center), Health Sciences. Co-Director, 2015 - present. service.