Distinguished Tissue Engineering Researcher to Spend Fall Sabbatical at PhilaU

Peter Lelkes, Ph.D., calhoun chair professor of cellular tissue engineering in the School of Biomedical Engineering at the Drexel University Science & Health Systems, will be spending his sabbatical researching at Philadelphia University during the fall 2011 semester.

“Professor Lelkes is recognized as one of the leading researchers in tissue engineering and has been working on out PATRIC and DOC grant for the past several years,” said David Brookstein, Sc.D., executive dean for University research.

Graduating with his doctorate degree from the Technical University in Aachen, Germany, in 1977, Lelkes then traveled to Israel as part of two fellowships and continued to research throughout the world as a visiting scientist and visiting assistant, among other positions. Lelkes became the director of the Laboratory of Cell Biology at the University of Wisconsin in 1988 and, in 2000, settled at Drexel University in his current position.

An author and co-author of several publications in the biomedical engineering field, Lelkes is also a member of several professional societies including the International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology, North American Vascular Biology Organization, International Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society, and International Federation of Engineering in Medicine and Biology, as well as numerous appointments on institutional and review committees.

With more than 400 published abstracts of presentations at local, national and international conferences, Lelkes has received many awards for his outstanding research including a 1994 NATO Visiting Fellowship, 1997 Lady Davis Visiting Professorship at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 2008 Drexel Research Award and 2008 Drexel BIOMED Teaching Award.

Currently, Lelkes is participating in the Nanotechnology Institute-Tissue Engineering Initiative, Coulter projects in translational Biomedical Engineering: Vascular Grafts, “Green Protein” Scaffolds and Surgical Engineering Enterprise Drexel University College of Medicine Strategic Initiative.

His current research project is focused on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine: Soft Tissues: Lung, Heart, Spinal Cord Injury, Vascular Grafts, and Musculoskeletal Tissues: Smart Scaffolds for Bone Regeneration, Bioactive Surgical Tools.

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