Mary Ann Chirba, JD – Boston College Law School
Mary Ann Chirba holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Colgate University and a JD, magna cum laude, from Boston College of Law School. She hold a doctorate of Science in Health Policy and Management as well as a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is the author, along with Alice Noble and Michael Maddigan, of Health Care Reform: Law and Practice – A Comprehensive Guide to the Affordable Care Act and its Implementing Regulations.
Stephen R. Farmer, PhD – Boston University School of Medicine
A professor of biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Farmer earned his doctorate at the National Institute of Medical Research in London. His research focus is obesity and appropriate therapeutics. He is a founder of the Obesity Research Center at Boston University.
Warren L. Grayson, PhD – Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Grayson received his B.Sc. in Chemical & Process Engineering at The University of the West Indies, his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Florida State University, and completed his postdoctoral training in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. He is currently the director of the Laboratory for Craniofacial and Orthopedic Tissue Engineering. His research on bioreactor design and engineering anatomically-shaped bone grafts has received widespread attention. His lab focuses on spatial and temporal regulation of stem cell differentiation in 3D constructs to generate clinically useful engineered grafts.
Elizabeth Loboa, PhD – North Carolina State University
Dr. Loboa is Professor and Associate Chair of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill and NCSU, and a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NCSU. She is the Founding Director of the Cell Mechanics Laboratory and holds adjunct faculty positions in the Departments of Fiber and Polymer Science (NCSU), Physiology (NCSU), Biotechnology (NCSU), and Orthopedics (UNC-CH). Research in her laboratory focuses on two areas: 1) empirical and computational approaches to quantitatively determine and deliver biomimetic mechanical, electrical, and material stimuli to human stem cells for functional tissue engineering of musculoskeletal tissues; and, 2) nanofibrous “smart bandages” as controlled release systems for wound healing and tissue engineering applications requiring antimicrobial, antibacterial, and/or anti-inflammatory treatment.
Malcolm Maden, PhD – University of Florida
Professor Maden studies the development and regeneration of various organ systems including the limb, the lung and the nervous system from the point of view of one important signaling molecule, retinoic acid. He is interested in the relationship between development and regeneration, whether regeneration can be induced in the adult organism by understanding the role of developmental signaling molecules and evolutionary aspects of retinoic acid signaling.
Ming Pei, MD, PhD – West Virginia University
Dr. Pei is an Associate Professor and a Director of Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory in the Department of Orthopedics, West Virginia University. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in Exercise Physiology and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the West Virginia University. He spent three years as a Postdoctoral Associate in Harvard – M.I.T. Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) focusing on Bioreactor and Cartilage Tissue Engineering Projects, and three years as a Research Fellow in Department of Orthopedics, Brown University focusing on Stem Cell Projects. He received his PhD from Beijing University, China in 1999.
Felix H. “Buddy” Savoie, III, MD – Tulane University School of Medicine
Dr. Buddy Savoie is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and pursued an AO fellowship in Switzerland and Hand and Microvascular surgery and arthroscopy fellowships in the US. He is known as an accomplished author and teacher who comes to Tulane from Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Jackson where he has been a clinician, surgeon, and educator. He is the new Chief of the Section of Sports Medicine at Tulane with special interests in shoulder, elbow, and wrist surgery.
Nina Tandon, PhD – EpiBone
Nina Tandon is CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction. She is the co-author of Super Cells: Building with Biology, a book that explores the new frontier of biotech. She is a TED Senior Fellow, Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Cooper Union and a former Staff Associate Postdoctoral Researcher in the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, Columbia University. She has a Master’s in Bioelectrical Engineering from MIT, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and an MBA from Columbia University. She was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.
Rocky S. Tuan, PhD – University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Rocky Tuan is the Director, Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering, the Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, the Associate Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Director, Center for Military Medicine Research, and a Professor in the Departments of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
Phyllis L. Warkentin, MD – University of Nebraska
Dr. Warkentin is a founding member of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and has been serving as a board member and chief medical officer since the organization’s inception. In addition to her work with FACT, Dr. Warkentin has been the director of the unrelated bone marrow transplantation program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center since 1988 and a professor of pediatrics and pathology/microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center since 1994.