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Jennifer L. West
Professor
Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering
 
e-mail:jwest@rice.edu
 
  • B.S. (1992) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.S. (1994) University of Texas
  • Ph.D. (1996) University of Texas
 
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology
  • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering
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    Websites
     Laboratory for Biofunctional Materials / Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering
     
    Research Areas
     Bioactive and biomimetic biomaterials, tissue engineering, nanotechnology, drug delivery
     
    Research Statement
     My research in biomaterials and tissue engineering focuses on the synthesis development and application of novel biofunctional materials and on the use of biomaterials and engineering approaches to study biological problems. Several of the projects ongoing in my laboratory are described below.

    Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts: There is tremendous need for materials for small diameter vascular grafts. Synthetic materials have not proved suitable, and tissue transplantation is limited. Tissue engineering may provide an answer. My laboratory is approaching this problem from two directions; synthesis of novel scaffold materials that mimic extracellular matrix and genetic manipulation of the cells seeded into these scaffolds. The scaffold materials under development provide signals to promote cell adhesion, to control synthesis of matrix proteins, to regulate cell growth, and to allow degradation of the polymer as new tissue forms. The goals for genetic engineering of smooth muscle and endothelial cells are to reduce thrombosis and improve the mechanical properties of the engineered arteries.

    NO-Releasing Polymers: Nitric oxide (NO) has been shown to have anti-thrombotic activity and to inhibit smooth muscle cell proliferation. Thus, NO may be useful in the prevention of restenosis, a frequent complication of procedures such as balloon angioplasty that is related to thrombosis and smooth muscle cell proliferation. My laboratory is developing novel biomaterials that produce NO for sustained periods under physiological conditions. In addition to the potential therapeutic applications, these materials can be utilized as a powerful new tool to allow us to investigate the effects of nitric oxide on cells and tissues.

    Mechanisms of Restenosis: Thin hydrogel coatings can be used to prevent thrombosis and isolate the arterial wall from blood contact after injury. When this is done after angioplasty procedures in animals, restenosis is virtually eliminated. To gain insight into the roles of factors derived from thrombosis and blood, local drug delivery approaches can be combined with arterial coatings to provide exposure to these factors individually and at known levels. Through this, I hope to gain unique insight into the biological mechanisms involved in restenosis and arterial wound healing.

    Medical Applications of Metal Nanoshells: Nanoshells are a new type of nanoparticle with tunable optical properties. For medical applications, these particles can be designed to strongly absorb or scatter light in the near infrared where tissue and blood are relatively transparent. In a cancer therapy application, nanoshells are designed to absorb light and convert the energy to heat for tumor destruction. By conjugating antibodies or peptides to the nanoshell surfaces, binding of nanoshells can be targeted to cancerous cells, and subsequent exposure to near infrared light results in specific and localized destruction of the cancerous cells. A photothermally modulated drug delivery system, optically-controlled valves for microfluidics devices, and a rapid whole blood immunoassay are also under development using nanoshells.

     
    Teaching Areas
     Biomaterials Bionanotechnology, Cellular and Molecular Engineering
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Cuchiara, M.P., Gould, D.J., McHale, M.K., Dickinson, M.E., and West, J.L.  “Integration of Self-Assembled Microvascular Networks with Microfabrictaed PEG-Based Hydrogels”, Adv. Funct. Mat., 22:4511-8, 2012.

     
     

    Culver, J.C., Hoffmann, J.C., Poche, R.A., Slater, J.H., West, J.L., and Dickinson, M.E.  “Three-Dimensional Biomimetic Patterning in Hydrogels to Guide Cellular Organization”, Adv. Mat., 24:2344-8, 2012.

     
     

    Day, E.S., Zhang, L., Thompson, P.A., Zawaski, J.A., Kaffes, C.C., Gaber, M.W., Blaney, S.M., and West, J.L.  “Vascular-targeted Photothermal Therapy of an Orthotopic Murine Glioma Model”, Nanomedicine, 7:1133-48, 2012.

     
     

    Gill, B.J., Gibbons, D.L., Roudsari, L.C., Saik, J.E., Rizvi, Z.H., Roybal, J.D., Kurie, J.M., and West, J.L.  “A Synthetic Matrix with Independently Tunable Biochemistry and Mechanical Properties to Study Epithelial Morphogenesis and EMT in a Lung Adenocarcinoma Model”, Cancer Res., 72:1-11, 2012.

     
     

    Mumaw, J., Jordan, E.T., Sonnet, C., Olabisi, R.M., Olmsted-Davis, E.A., Davis, A.R., Peroni, J.F., West, J.L., West, F., Lu, Y., and Stice, S.L.  “Rapid Heterotopic Ossification with Cryopreserved Poly(ethylene glycol)-Microencapsulated BMP2-Expressing MSCs”, Int. J. Biomat., 2012:861794, 2012.

     
     

    Saik, J.E., McHale, M.K., West, J.L.  “Biofunctional Materials for Directing Vascular Development”, Curr. Vasc. Pharmacol., 10:331-41, 2012.

     
     

    Tseng, H., Cuchiara, M.L., Durst, C.A., Cuchiara, M.P., Lin, C.J., West, J.L., and Grande-Allen, K.J.  “Fabrication and Mechanical Evaluation of Anatomically-Inspired Quasilaminate Hydrogel Structures with Layer-Specific Formulations”, Ann. Biomed. Eng., Epub ahead of print, PMID 23053300, 2012.

     
     

    Bahney, C.S., Hsu, C.W., Yoo, J.U., West, J.L., Johnstone, B., "A bioresponsive hydrogel tuned to chondrogenesis of human mesenchymal stem cells." FASEB J., 25:1486-96, 2011, PMID: 21282205.

     
     

    Bahney, C.S., Lujan, T.J., Hsu, C.W., Bottlang, M., West, J.L., Johnstone, B., "Visible light photoinitiation of mesenchymal stem cell-laden bioresponsive hydrogels." Eur Cell Mater. 22:43-55, discussion 55, 2011. PMID: 21761391.

     
     

    Day, E.S., Thompson, P.A., Zhang, L., Lewinski, N.A., Ahmed, N., Drezek, R.A., Blaney, S.M., West, J.L., “Nanoshell-mediated photothermal therapy improves survival in a murine glioma model”, J Neurooncol., 104:55-63, 2011, PMID: 21110217. Epub 2010 Nov 26.

     
     

    Durst, C.A., Cuchiara, M.P., Mansfield, E.G., West, J.L., Grande-Allen, K.J., "Flexural Characterization of Cell Encapsulated PEGDA Hydrogels with Applications for Tissue Engineered Heart Valves." Acta Biomater., 7:2467-76, 2011, PMID: 21329770.

     
     

    Franco, C.L., Price, J., West, J.L., "Development and optimization of a dual-photoinitiator, emulsion-based technique for rapid generation of cell-laden hydrogel microspheres." Acta Biomater., 7: 3267-3276, 2011, PMID: 21704198, DOI:10.1016.

     
     

    Hsu, C.W., Olabisi, R.M., Olmsted-Davis, E.A., Davis, A.R., West, J.L., "Cathepsin K-sensitive poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels for degradation in response to bone resorption."     J Biomed Mater Res A., 98:53-62, 2011, PMID: 21523904, DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.33076.

     
     

    Kennedy, L.C., Bickford, L.R., Lewinski, N.A., Coughlin, A.J., Hu, Y., Day, E.S., West, J.L., Drezek, R.A., "A New Era for Cancer Treatment: Gold-Nanoparticle-Mediated Thermal Therapies." Small, 7:169-83, 2011, PMID: 21213377, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201000134. Epub 2010 Dec 14. Review.

     
     

    Lazard, Z, Heggeness, M, Hipp, J, Sonnet, C, Fuentes, A, Nistal, R, Davis, A.R., Olabisi, R, West, J.L.,Olmsted-Davis, E., "Cell based gene therapy for repair of critical size defects in the rat fibula." J Cell Biochem., 112:1563-71, 2011, PMID: 21344484, DOI: 10.1002/jcb.23068.

     
     

    Leslie-Barbick, J.E., Saik, J.E., Gould, D.J., Dickinson, M.E., West, J.L., "The promotion of microvasculature formation in poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate hydrogels by an immobilized VEGF-mimetic peptide." Biomaterials, 32:5782-9, 2011, PMID: 21612821.

     
     

    Leslie-Barbick, J.E., Shen, C., Chen, C., West, J.L., "Micron-Scale Spatially Patterned, Covalently Immobilized Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor on Hydrogels Accelerates Endothelial Tubulogenesis and Increases Cellular Angiogenic Responses." Tissue Eng Part A., 17:221-9, 2011. PMID: 20712418. Epub 2010 Oct 7.

     
     

    McConnell, K.I., Slater, J.H., Han, A., West, J.L., Suh, J., Microcontact printing for co-patterning cells and viruses for spatially controlled substrate-mediated gene delivery. Soft Matter, 7: 4993-5001, 2011.

     
     

    Olabisi, R.M, Lazard, Z, Heggeness, M.H., Moran, K.M., Hipp, J.A., Dewan, A.K., Davis, A.R., West, J.L., Olmsted-Davis, E.A., "An injectable method for noninvasive spine fusion." Spine J., 11:545-56, 2011, PMID: 21292563.

     
     

    Saik, J.E., Gould, D.J., Keswani, A.H., Dickinson, M.E., West, J.L., "Biomimetic Hydrogels with Immobilized EphrinA1 for Therapeutic Angiogenesis." Biomacromolecules, 12:2715-22, 2011, PMID: 21639150.

     
     

    Saik, J.E., Gould, D.J., Watkins, E.M., Dickinson, M.E., West, J.L., “Covalently Immobilized Platelet Derived Growth Factor-BB Promotes Angiogenesis in Biomimetic Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogels”, Acta Biomater 7:133-43, 2011, PMID: 20801242, Epub 2010 Aug 27.

     
     

    Slater, J.H., Miller, J.S., Yu, S.S., West, J.L., "Fabrication of Multifaceted Micropatterned Surfaces with Laser Scanning Lithography." Advanced Functional Materials., 2011, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201100297.

     
     

    Stephens, E.H., Durst, C.A., West, J.L., Grande-Allen, K.J., "Mitral valvular interstitial cell responses to substrate stiffness depend on age and anatomic region." Acta Biomater., 7:75-82, 2011. PMID: 20624493, Epub 2010 Jul 17.

     
     

    Stephens-Altus, J.S., Sundelacruz, P., Rowland, M.L., West, J.L., "Development of bioactive photocrosslinkable fibrous hydrogels." J Biomed Mater Res A., 98:167-76, 2011, PMID: 21548066, DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.33095.

     
     

    Strong, L.E, West, J.L., "Thermally responsive polymer-nanoparticle composites for biomedical applications." Wiley Interdiscip Rev Nanomed Nanobiotechnol., 3:307-17, 2011, PMID: 21384563, DOI: 10.1002/wnan.138.

     
     

    Taite, L.J., West, J.L., "Sustained Delivery of Nitric Oxide from Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogels Enhances Endothelialization in a Rat Carotid Balloon Injury Model." Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology, 2:113-23, 2011.

     
     

    West, J.L.  “Protein-patterned hydrogels: Customized Cell Microenvironments.” Nature Materials, 10:727-729, 2011.  PMID: 21941268, DOI: 10.1038/nmat3132.

     
     

    Cuchiara, M.P., Allen, A.C., Chen, T.M., Miller, J.S., West, J.L., “Multilayer microfluidic PEGDA hydrogels”, Biomaterials, 31:5491-7, 2010. PMID: 20447685.

     
     

    Day, E.S., Bickford, L.R., Slater, J.H., Riggall, N.S., Drezek, R.A., West, J.L., “Antibody-conjugated gold-gold sulfide nanoparticles as multifunctional agents for imaging and therapy of breast cancer”, Int J Nanomedicine., 5:445-54, 2010 PMID: 20957166

     
     

    Day, E.S., Thompson, P.A., Zhang, L., Lewinski, N.A., Ahmed, N., Drezek, R.A., Blaney, S.M., West, J.L., “Nanoshell-mediated photothermal therapy improves survival in a murine glioma model”, J Neurooncol., 2010 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 21110217

     
     

    Gobin, A.M., Watkins, E.M., Quevedo, E., Colvin, V.L., West, J.L., “Near-infrared-resonant gold/gold sulfide nanoparticles as a photothermal cancer therapeutic agent”, Small, 6:745-52, 2010. PMID: 20183810.

     
     

    Hoffmann, J.C., West, J.L., “Three-dimensional photolithographic patterning of multiple bioactive ligands in poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels”, Soft Matter, 6: 5056-63,2010, DOI: 10.1039/c0sm00140f

     
     

    Kennedy, L.C., Bickford, L.R., Lewinski, N.A., Coughlin, A.J., Hu, Y., Day, E.S., West, J.L., Drezek, R.A., "A New Era for Cancer Treatment: Gold-Nanoparticle-Mediated Thermal Therapies." Small, 2010. PMID: 21157794

     
     

    Leslie-Barbick, J.E., Shen, C., Chen, C., West, J.L., "Micron-Scale Spatially Patterned, Covalently Immobilized Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor on Hydrogels Accelerates Endothelial Tubulogenesis and Increases Cellular Angiogenic Responses." Tissue Eng Part A. 2010. PMID: 20712418, [Epub ahead of print]

     
     

    Moon, J.J., Saik, J.E., Poché, R.A., Leslie-Barbick, J.E., Lee, S.H., Smith, A.A., Dickinson, M.E., West, J.L., “Biomimetic hydrogels with pro-angiogenic properties”, Biomaterials, 31:3840-7, 2010. PMID: 20185173.

     
     

    Morton, J.G., Day, E.S., Halas, N.J., West, J.L., “Nanoshells for photothermal cancer therapy”, Methods Mol Biol, 624:101-17, 2010. PMID: 20217591

     
     

    Nemir, S., Hayenga, H.N., West, J.L., “PEGDA hydrogels with patterned elasticity: Novel tools for the study of cell response to substrate rigidity”, Biotechnol Bioeng., 105: 636-44, 2010. PMID: 19816965.

     
     

    Nemir, S., West, J.L., “Synthetic Materials in the Study of Cell Response to Substrate Rigidity”, Ann Biomed Eng., 38:2-20, 2010. PMID: 19816774. Review.

     
     

    Olabisi, R.M., Lazard, Z.W., Franco, C.L., Hall, M.A., Kwon, S.K., Sevick-Muraca, E.M., Hipp, J.A., Davis, A.R., Olmsted-Davis, E.A., West, J.L., "Hydrogel Microsphere Encapsulation of a Cell-Based Gene Therapy System Increases Cell Survival of Injected Cells, Transgene Expression, and Bone Volume in a Model of Heterotopic Ossification." Tissue Eng Part A. 2010. PMID: 20673027. [Epub ahead of print]

     
     

    Poché, R.A., Saik, J.E., West, J.L., Dickinson, M.E., “The mouse cornea as a transplantation site for live imaging of engineered tissue constructs”, Cold Spring Harb Protoc, pdb.prot 5416, 2010, PMID: 20360370.

     
     

    Saik, J.E., Gould, D.J., Watkins, E.M., Dickinson, M.E., West, J.L., “Covalently Immobilized Platelet Derived Growth Factor-BB Promotes Angiogenesis in Biomimetic Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogels”, Acta Biomater 7:133-43, 2010 PMID: 20801242.

     
     

    Stephens, E.H., Durst, C.A., West, J.L., Grande-Allen, K.J., "Mitral valvular interstitial cell responses to substrate stiffness depend on age and anatomic region." Acta Biomater. 7:75-82, 2011. PMID: 20624493

     
     

    Day, E.S., Morton, J.G., West, J.L. "Nanoparticles for thermal cancer therapy", J Biomech Eng., 131:074001, 2009. Review.

     
     

    Leslie-Barbick, J.E., Moon, J.J., West, J.L. "Covalently-immobilized vascular endothelial growth factor promotes endothelial cell tubulogenesis in poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate hydrogels", J Biomater Sci Polym Ed., 20:1763-79, 2009.

     
     

    Moon, J.J., Hahn, M.S., Kim, I., Nsiah, B.A., West. J.L., "Micropatterning of Poly(Ethylene Glycol) Diacrylate Hydrogels with Biomolecules to Regulate and Guide Endothelial Morphogenesis", Tissue Eng Part A, 15:579-85, 2009.

     
     

    Nemir, S., Hayenga, H.N., West, J.L. "PEGDA hydrogels with patterned elasticity: Novel tools for the study of cell response to substrate rigidity", Biotechnol Bioeng. 105: 636-44, 2010. Epub 2009.

     
     

    Nemir, S., West, J.L. "Synthetic Materials in the Study of Cell Response to Substrate Rigidity", Ann Biomed Eng., 38:2-20, 2010. Epub 2009.

     
     

    Poché, R.A., Larina, I.V., Scott, M.L., Saik, J.E., West, J.L., Dickinson, M.E.  "The Flk1-myr::mCherry mouse as a useful reporter to characterize multiple aspects of ocular blood vessel development and disease", Dev Dyn., 238:2318-26, 2009.

     
     

    Rostro-Kohanloo, B.C., Bickford, L.R., Payne, C.M., Day, E.S., Anderson, L.J., Zhong, M., Lee, S., Mayer, K.M., Zal, T., Adam, L., Dinney, C.P., Drezek, R.A., West, J.L., Hafner, J.H. "The stabilization and targeting of surfactant-synthesized gold nanorods", Nanotechnology, 20:434005, 2009.

     
     

    Bellows, C.F., Jian, W., McHale, M.K., Cardenas, D., West, J.L., Lerner, S.P., Amiel, G.E. "Blood vessel matrix: a new alternative for abdominal wall reconstruction", Hernia, 12:351-8, 2008.

     
     

    Bernardi, R.J., Lowery, A.R., Thompson, P.A., Blaney, S.M., West, J.L. "Immunonanoshells for targeted photothermal ablation in medulloblastoma and glioma: an in vitro evaluation using human cell lines", J. Neuroonc., 86:165-72, 2008.

     
     Bikram, M., West, J.L. "Thermo-responsive systems for controlled drug delivery", Expert Opin Drug Deliv., 5:1077-91, 2008.
     
     

    Gobin, A.M., Moon, J.J., West, J.L. "EphrinA I-targeted nanoshells for photothermal ablation of prostate cancer cells", Int J Nanomedicine, 3:351-8, 2008.

     
     

    Lee, S.H., Moon, J.J., West, J.L. "Three-dimensional micropatterning of bioactive hydrogels via two-photon laser scanning photolithography for guided 3D cell migration", Biomaterials, 29:2962-8, 2008.

     
     

    Moon, J.J., West, J.L. "Vascularization of engineered tissues: approaches to promote angiogenesis in biomaterials", Curr. Top. Med. Chem., 8:300-10, 2008.

     
     

    Taite, L.J., Yang, P., Jun, H.W., West, J.L. "Nitric oxide-releasing polyurethane-PEG copolymer containing the YIGSR peptide promotes endothelialization with decreased platelet adhesion", J. Biomed. Mater. Res., 84:108-16, 2008.

     
     

    Bikram, M., Fouletier-Dilling, C., Hipp, J.A., Gannon, F., Davis, A.R., Olmsted-Davis, E.A., West, J.L "Endochondral bone formation from hydrogel carriers loaded with BMP2-transduced cells." Ann. Biomed. Eng, 35 (2007) : 796-807.

     
     

    Bikram, M., Gobin, A.M., Whitmire, R.E., West, J.L "Temperature-sensitive hydrogels with SiO2-Au nanoshells for controlled drug delivery." J. Control Rel, 123 (2007) : 219-27.

     
     

    Buxton, A.N., Zhu, J., Marchant, R., West, J.L., Yoo, J.U., Johnstone, B "Design and characterization of poly(ethylene glycol) photopolymerizable semi-interpenetrating networks for chondrogenesis of human mesenchymal stem cells." Tiss. Eng, 13 (2007) : 2549-60.

     
     

    Gobin, A.M., Lee, M.H., Halas, N.J., James, W.D., Drezek, R.A., West, J.L "Near-Infrared Resonant Nanoshells for Combined Optical Imaging and Photothermal Cancer Therapy." NanoLetters, 7 (2007) : 1929-34.

     
     

    Gonzalez, A.L., El-Bjeirami, W., West, J.L., McIntire, L.V., Smith, C.W "Transendothelial migration enhances integrin-dependent human neutrophil chemokinesis." J. Leukoc. Biol, 81 (2007) : 686-95.

     
     

    Hahn, M.S., McHale, M.K., Wang, E., Schmedlen, R.H., West, J.L "Physiologic pulsatile flow bioreactor conditioning of poly(ethylene glycol)-based tissue engineered vascular grafts." Ann. Biomed. Eng, 35 (2007) : 190-200.

     
     

    Lee, S.H., Moon, J.J., Miller, J.S., West, J.L. "Poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels conjugated with a collagenase-sensitive fluorogenic substrate to visualize collagnease activity during three-dimensional cell migration." Biomaterials, 28 (2007) : 3163-70.

     
     

    Moon, J.J., Lee, S.H., West, J.L "Synthetic biomimetic hydrogels incorporated with ephrin-A1 for therapeutic angiogenesis." Biomacromolecules, 8 (2007) : 42-9.

     
     

    Tsang, V.L., Chen, A.A., Cho, L.M., Jadin, K.D., Sah, R.L., DeLong, S., West, J.L., Bhatia, S.N "Fabrication of 3D hepatic tissues by additive photopatterning of cellular hydrogels." FASEB J, 21 (2007) : 790-801.

     
     

    Bohl-Masters, K.S., Leibovich, S.J., Belem, P., Poole-Warren, L.A., J. L. West "The effects of nitric oxide releasing poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel dressings on dermal wound healing in diabetic mice." Wound Rep. Regen, 10 (2002) : 286-94.

     
     

    Elbjeirami, W.M., Yonter, E.O., Scott-Burden, T., Starcher, B., J. L. West "Transfection with Lysyl Oxidase Increases the Modulus and Tensile Strength of Engineered Tissues via Crosslinking of the ECM." J. Biomed. Mater. Res. (2002) In Press

     
     

    Gobin, A.S., J. L. West "Cell migration through defined, synthetic ECM analogs." FASEB J, 16 (2002) : 751-5.

     
     

    Hirsch, L.R., Halas, N.J., J. L. West "Development of a rapid, whole blood immunoassay based on nanoshell aggregation." Analyt. Chem. (2002) Submitted

     
     

    Hirsch, L.R., Stafford, R.J., Sershen, S.R., Halas, N.J., Hazle, J.D., J. L. West "Nanoshell-assisted tumor ablation using near infrared light." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. (2002) Submitted

     
     

    J. L. West, N. J. Halas "Nanomaterials for Biophotonics Applications." Ann. Rev. Biomed. Eng. (2002) Submitted

     
     

    Mann, B. K., J. L. West "Cell Adhesion Peptides Alter Smooth Muscle Cell Adhesion, Proliferation, Migration, and Matrix Protein Synthesis on Modified Surfaces and in Polymer Scaffolds." J. Biomed. Mater. Res, 60 (2002) : 86-93.

     
     

    Myler, H.A., J. L. West "Heparanse and Platelet Fcator-4 Induce bFGF Release and Subsequent SMC Proliferation and Migration: Implications in Restenosis." Biochemistry, 131 (2002) : 913-22.

     
     

    Nguyen, K.T., J. L. West "Photopolymerized hydrogels for tissue engineering applications." Biomaterials, 23 (2002) : 4307-14.

     
     

    Schmedlen, R.H., Masters, K.S., J. L. West "Photocrosslinked PVA hydrogels that can be modified with cell adhesion peptides for use in tissue engineering." Biomaterials, 23 (2002) : 4325-32.

     
     

    Sershen, S.R., Bankson, J.R., Hazel, J.J., Halas, N.J., J. L. West "Light-triggered protein release from hydrogel drug delivery systems." Nature Biotechnology (2002) In Revision

     
     

    Sershen, S.R., J. L. West "Implantable, Polymer Systems for Modulated Drug Delivery." Adv. Drug Del. Rev., 54 (2002) : 1225-35.

     
     

    Sershen, S.R., Ng, M.A., Halas, N.J., Beebe, D., J. L. West "Optically controlled valves for microfluidics devices.." Nature Materials (2002) Submitted

     
     

    Sershen, S.R., Westoctt, S.L., Halas, N.J., J. L. West "Independent optically-addressable nanoparticle/polymer optomechanical composites." Appl. Phys. Lett, 24 (2002) : 4609-11.

     
     

    Tulis, D.A., Bohl-Masters, K.S., Lipke, E.A., Schiesser, R.L., Evans, A.J., Peyton, K.J., Durante, W., J. L. West "YC-1-mediated vascular protection through inhibition of smooth muscle cell proliferation and platelet function." Biochem. Biophys. Res. Comm., 291 (2002) : 1014-21.

     
     Articles
     

    Bohl Masters KS, Lipke EA, Rice EEH, Liel MS, Myler HA, Zygourakis C, Tulis DA, West JL. "Nitric oxide-generating hydrogels inhibit neointima formation.." J Biomater Sci Polymer Ed, 16 (2005) : 659-72.

     
     

    Chang, E., Miller, J.S., Sun, J., Yu, W.W., Drezek, R., West, J.L. "Protease-activated quantum dot probes." Biochem. Biophys. Res. Comm., 334 (2005) : 1317-21.

     
     

    DeLong, S.A., Gobin, A.S., West, J.L. "Covalently immobilized gradients of RGD to direct cell alignment and migration." J. Cont. Rel. (2005) In Press

     
     

    DeLong, S.A., Moon, J.J., West, J.L. "Immobilized gradients of bFGF for directed cell migration." Biomaterials, 26 (2005) : 3227-34.

     
     

    Elbjeirami, W.M., West, J.L. "Co-culture of endothelial cells with VEGF-transfected smooth muscle cells for formation of capillary networks." Tissue Engineering (2005) In Press

     
     

    Gobin, A.M., Sershen, S.R., Watkins, D., Halas, N.J., Drezek, R.A., West, J.L. "Nanoshells as an exogenous near infrared absorber to facilitate laser tissue welding." Lasers Surg. Med. (2005), 37: 123-9.

     
     

    Hahn, M.S., Miller, J.S., West, J.L. "Laser scanning lithography for surface micropatterning on hydrogels." Adv. Mater. (2005) In Press

     
     

    Hirsch, L.R., Gobin, A.M., Lowery, A., Drezek, R.A., Halas, N.J., West, J.L. "Metal nanoshells: diagnostic and therapeutic applications of nanotechnology." Ann. Biomed. Eng. (2005) In Press

     
     

    Hirsch, L.R., Halas, N.J., West, J.L. "Whole-blood immunoassay facilitated by gold nanoshell-conjugate antibodies." Methods Mol. Biol., 303 (2005) : 101-12.

     
     

    Jun, H.W., Taite, L.J., West, J.L. "Nitric oxide-producing polyurethanes." Biomacromolecules, 6 ((2005)) : 838-44.

     
     

    Jun, H.W., West, J.L. "Endothelialization of microporous, bioactive polyurethane grafts." Tissue Engineering, 11 ((2005)) : 1133-40.

     
     

    Jun, H.W., West, J.L. "Modification of polyurethaneurea with PEG and YIGSR peptide to enhance endothelialization without platelet adhesion." J. Biomed. Mater. Res., 72B (2005) : 171-6.

     
     

    Lee, S.H., Miller, J.S., Moon, J.J., West, J.L. "Proteolytically degradable hydrogels with a fluorogenic substrate for studies of cellular proteolytic activity and migration." Biotech. Prog. (2005) In Press

     
     

    Lipke, E.A., West, J.L. "Localized delivery of nitric oxide from hydrogels inhibits neointima formation in a rat carotid balloon injury model." Acta Biomaterialia, 1 (2005) : 597-606.

     
     

    Loo, C., Hirsch, L., Lee, M.H., Chang, E., West, J., Halas, N., Drezek, R. "Gold nanoshell biocomjugates for molecular imaging in living cells." Optics Lett., 30 (2005) : 1012-4.

     
     

    Loo, C., Lowery, A., Halas, N., West, J., Drezek, R. "Immunotargeted Nanoshells for Integrated Cancer Imaging and Therapy." NanoLetters, 5 (2005) : 709-11.

     
     

    Lowery, A., Gobin, A.M., Halas, N.J., West, J.L. "Immunotargeted nanoshells for photothermal tumor ablation." Int. J. Nanomed. (2005) In Press

     
     

    Myler, H.A., Lipke, E.A., Rice, E.E., West, J.L. "Heparanase neutralization inhibits bFGF release and neointima formation." J. Biochem. (2005) In Press

     
     

    Patel, P.N., Gobin, A.S., West, J.L., Patrick, C.W. "Poly (ethyleneglycol) hydrogel system supports preadipocyte viability, adhesion, and proliferation.." Tissue Engineering (2005), 11: 1498-505.

     
     

    Sayes, C.M., Gobin, A.M., Ausman, K.D., Mendez, J., West, J.L., Colvin, V.L. "Nano-C60 cytotoxicity is due to lipid peroxidation." Biomaterials, 26 (2005) : 7587-95.

     
     

    Sayes, C.M., Liang, F., Hudson, J.L., Mendez, J., Guo, W., Beach, J.M., Moore, V.C., Doyle, C.D., West, J.L., Billups, W.E., Ausman, K.D., Colvin, V.L. "Functionalization density dependence of single-walled carbon nanotubes cytotoxicity in vitro." Toxicol. Lett. (2005) In Press

     
     

    Sershen, S.R., Ng, M.A., Halas, N.J., Beebe, D., West, J.L. "Optically controlled valves for microfluidics devices." Advanced Materials, 17 (2005) : 1366-8.

     
     

    Drezek, R., West, J., Halas, N. "Emerging Optical Technologies for Breast Cancer Imaging." a chapter in Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Disease, (2004)

     
     

    Drezek, R., West, J., Halas, N. "Emerging Optical Technologies for Breast Cancer Imaging." a chapter in Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Disease, (2004)

     
     

    Gonzalez, A.L., Gobin, A.S., West, J.L., McIntire, L.V., Smith, C.W. "Integrin interactions with immobilized peptides in polyethylene glycol diacrylate hydrogels." Tissue Engineering, 10 (2004) : 1775-86.

     
     

    Jun, H.W., West, J.L. "Design of a YIGSR peptide modified polyurethaneurea to enhance endothelialization." J. Biomat. Sci. Polymer Ed, 15:73-94

     
     

    Loo, C., Lin, A., Hirsch, L., Lee, M.H., Barton, J., Halas, N., West, J., Drezek, R. "Nanoshell-enabled photonics-based imaging and therapy of cancer." Cancer Res. Treat, 3:33-40 (04)

     
     

    Myler, H.A., Rice, E.E.H., Lipke, E.A., West, J.L. "Heparanase inhibition prevents bFGF liberation from the ECM and subsequent intimal thickening." Proc. Natl. Acad. SciSubmitted

     
     

    O?Neal, D.P., Hirsch, L.R., Halas, N.J., West, J.L. "Nanoshell-assisted photothermal ablation of colon carcinoma-derived tumors in mice." Cancer Lett, 209 (2004) : 171-6.

     
     

    Sayes CM, Fortner JD, Lyon D, Boyd AM, Ausman KD, Guoh W, Tao YJ, Sitharaman B, Wilson LJ, West JL, Colvin VL "The differential cytotoxicity of water-soluble fullerenes.." Nano Letters, 4 (2004) : 1881-7.

     
     

    West, J.L. "Bioactive Hydrogels." A chapter in Scaffolding in Tissue Engineering (2004)

     
     

    Drezek, R., West, J., Halas, N. "Emerging optical technologies for noninvasive functional and molecular imaging: Applications for breast cancer." Breast Diseases, 14 (2003) : 18-20.

     
     

    Elbjeirami, W.M., Yonter, E.O., Starcher, B., West, J.L. "Enhancing mechanical properties of engineered tissues via lysyl oxidase crosslinking activity." , 66 (2003) : 513-21.

     
     

    Gobin, A.S., West, J.L. "Effects of epidermal growth factor on fibroblast migration through biomimetic hydrogels." Biotech. Prog (2003) : 10.1021/bp0341390.

     
     

    Gobin, A.S., West, J.L. "Val-Ala-Pro-Gly, an elastin-derived non-integrin ligand: Smooth muscle cell adhesion and specificity." J. Biomed. Mater. Res, 67 (2003) : 255-9.

     
     

    Hirsch, L.R., Jackson, J.B., Lee, A., Halas, N.J., West, J.L. "A whole blood immunoassay using gold nanoshells." Analyt. Chem, 75 (2003) : 2377-81.

     
     

    Hirsch, L.R., Stafford, R.J., Sershen, S.R., Halas, N.J., Hazle, J.D., West, J.L. "Nanoshell-assisted tumor ablation using near infrared light under magnetic resonance guidance." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 100 (2003) : 113549-54.In Press

     
     

    Jackson, J.B., Westcott, S.L., Hirsch, L.R., West, J.L., Halas, N.J. "Controlling the surface enhanced Raman effect via the nanoshell geometry." Appl. Phys. Lett, 82 (2003) : 257-9.

     
     

    Myler, H.A., Rice, E.E.H., Lipke, E.A., West, J.L. "Heparanase inhibition prevents bFGF liberation from the ECM and subsequent intimal thickening." Circulation (2003) Submitted

     
     

    OżNeal, D.P., Hirsch, L.R., Halas, N.J., West, J.L. "Nanoshell-assisted photothermal ablation of colon carcinoma-derived tumors in mice." Science (2003) Submitted

     
     

    Schmedlen, R.H., Gobin, A.S., Elbjeirami, W.M., West, J.L. "Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts." Clin. Plast. Surg, 30 (2003) : 507-17.In Press

     
     

    Sershen, S.R., Ng, M.A., Halas, N.J., Beebe, D., West, J.L. "Optically controlled valves for microfluidics devices." Nature Materials (2003) Submitted

     
     

    West, J.L. "Modification of Polymers with Bioactive Peptides." Methods in Biopolymers (2003)

     
     

    West, J.L. Nature Materials "Pulsed Polymers." News & Views, 2 (2003) : 1-2.

     
     

    West, J.L., Halas, N.J. "Engineered Nanomaterials for Biophotonics Applications: Improving Sensing, Imaging, and Therapeutics." Ann. Rev. Biomed. Eng, 5 (2003) : 285-92.

     
     Books
     

    Masters, K.S. and West, J.L. "Biomimetic Materials and Design: Pharmacologically Active Biomaterials." 

     
     Book chapters
     

    Stephens-Altus, J.S., West, J.L. "Nanotechnology for Tissue Engineering", a chapter in Advances in Tissue Engineering, Polak ed., Imperial College Press, 2008.

     
     

    Bergmann, N.M., West, J.L "Histogenesis in Three-Dimensional Scaffolds." Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine (2007) : 674-91.

     
     

    Bergmann, N.M., West, J.L "Histogenesis in Three-Dimensional Scaffolds." Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine (2007) : 674-91.

     
     

    Drezek, R.A., Halas, N.J., West, J.L. "Optical Imaging for In Vivo Assessment of Tissue Pathology." Frontiers of Engineering (2007) : 65-72.

     
     

    Miller, J.S., West, J.L "Rapid Prototyping of Hydrogels to Guide Tissue Formation." Bio-materials and Prototyping Applications in Medicine (2007) : 49-65.

     
     

    Miller, J.S., West, J.L "Rapid Prototyping of Hydrogels to Guide Tissue Formation." Bio-materials and Prototyping Applications in Medicine (2007) : 49-65.

     
     

    "Bioactive Materials." Encyclopedia of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (2003)

     
     

    Drezek, R., West, J., Halas, N. "Emerging Optical Technologies for Breast Cancer Imaging." Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast DiseaseIn Press

     
     

    J. L. West "Modification of Polymers with Bioactive Peptides." Methods in Biopolymers (2002) In Press

     
     

    Masters, K.S., J. L. West, edited by A. Dillow and A. Lowman "Pharmacologically Active Biomaterials." Biomimetic Materials and Design (2002)

     
     Refereed conference papers
     

    DeLong, S.A., West, J.L. "Tethered basic fibroblast growth factor increases cell proliferation." Society for Biomaterials (May 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Elbjeirami, W.M., Lau, I., Starcher, B.S., West, J.L. "Enhancing engineered tissues through gene therapy." Summer Bioengineering Conference (June 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Hirsch, L.R., Jackson, J.B., Halas, N.J., West, J.L. "A rapid whole blood immunoassay based on nanoshell aggregation." Society for Biomaterials (May 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Hirsch, L.R., Stafford, R.J., Price, R.E., Hazle, J.D., Halas, N.J., West, J.L. "Targeted hyperthermic cancer therapy using immunoconjugated nanoshells." Summer Bioengineering Conference (June 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Jun, H.W., West, J.L. "Bulk Modification of Polyurethanurea with Cell Adhesion Peptides." Society for Biomaterials (May 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Jun, H.W., West, J.L. "Development of YIGSR Peptide-Modified Polyurethaneurea To Enhance Endothelialization." Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology (April 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Jun, H.W., West, J.L. "Polyurethaneurea Modified with PEG and YIGSR to Enhance Endothelialization without Platelet Adhesion." Biomedical Engineering Society (Oct.2003) Submitted

     
     

    L. R. Hirsch, J. B. Jackson, A. Lee, N. J. Halas, J. L. West. "A Rapid Whole Blood Immunoassay Using Metal Nanoshells." 25th Annual International IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (Sept. 2003) Submitted

     
     

    L. R. Hirsch, R. J. Stafford, J. A. Bankson, S. R. Sershen, R. E. Price, J. D. Hazle, N. J. Halas, & J. L. West. "Photothermal Tumor Therapy using Metal Nanoshells." Society for Biomaterials (May 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Lau, I. West, J.L. "A Novel Collagen-based Gene Delivery system with Polyethylenimine-DNA Complexes." Biomedical Engineering Society (Oct. 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Lau, I., Elbjeirami, W.M., Starcher, B.C., West, J.L. "Enhancing Mechanical Properties of Vascular Grafts through Increased Expression of Lysyl Oxidase." Biomedical Engineering Society (Oct. 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Lau, I., Elbjeirami, W.M., Starcher, B.C., West, J.L. "Enhancing Mechanical Properties of Vascular Grafts through Increased Expression of Lysyl Oxidase." Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology (April 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Lipke, E.A., Masters, K.S., Dittrich, C.R., West, J.L. "Nitric oxide delivery from hydrogels enhances endothelial cell proliferation." Society for Biomaterials (May 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Lipke, E.A., Masters, K.S., Myler, H.A., West, J.L. "Delivery of NO from Bioactive Hydrogels for Prevention of Restenosis." Gordon Research Conference on Biomaterials and Biocompatibility (July 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Lipke, E.A., Masters, K.S., Myler, H.A., West, J.L. "Local nitric oxide delivery for prevention of restenosis." Society for Biomaterials (May 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Lipke, E.A., Masters, K.S., Myler, H.A., West, J.L. "Nitric oxide generating hydrogels inhibit neointima formation." American Heart Association (Nov. 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Lipke, E.A., Masters, K.S., West, J.L. "Local delivery of nitric oxide for prevention of neointimal hyperplasia and promotion of endothelialization." Biomedical Engineering Society (Oct. 2003) Submitted

     
     

    R. J. Stafford, L. R. Hirsch, R. E. Price, B. Rivera, S. R. Sershen, J. L. West, J. D. Hazle "Magnetic Resonance-Guided Extracorporeal Laser Mediated Thermal Therapy of Intratumoral Gold Nanoshell Particle Injections." International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 11th Scientific Meeting (July 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Schmedlen, R.H., West, J.L. "Poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel scaffolds for vascular tissue engineering using pulsatile flow bioreactors." Society for Biomaterials (May 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Schmedlen, R.H., West, J.L. "Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts: Culture in Pulsatile Flow Bioreactor Systems using Elastic Hydrogel Scaffolds." Biomedical Engineering Society (Oct. 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Sershen, S.R., Halas, N.J., West, J.L. "Optically responsive nanocomposites." ACS Meeting (March 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Taite, L.J., Lipke, E.A., West, J.L. "Poly(ethylene glycol) copolymers for sustained nitric oxide delivery." Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology (April 2003) Submitted

     
     

    Taite, L.J., Lipke, E.A., West, J.L. "Poly(ethylene glycol) copolymers for sustained nitric oxide delivery." Biomedical Engineering Society (Oct. 2003) Submitted

     
     Conference papers
     

    "WTEC Panel Report on Tissue Engineering Research." Academic Press (2003) Submitted

     
     

    Elbjeirami, W.M., Yonter, E.O., J.L. West "Gene therapy approaches to improve vascular tissue engineering." Experimental Biology (2002)

     
     

    Gobin, A.S., J. L. West "Mechanistic studies of cell migration using biomaterials model systems." Society for Biomaterials (2002)

     
     

    Lipke, E.A., Masters, K.S., J. L. West "Nitric oxide-producing materials enhance endothelial cell growth." Society for Biomaterials (2002)

     
     

    Myler, H.A., J. L. West "Heparanase and PF-4 activate bFGF after vascular injury." Experimental Biology (2002)

     
     

    Myler, H.A., J.L. West "Tethered growth factors for tissue engineering." Experimental Biology (2002)

     
     

    Sershen, S.R., Bankson, J., Hazle, J., Halas, N.J., J. L. West "Photothermally-modulated insulin delivery from polymer implants." Society for Biomaterials (2002)

     
     

    Sershen, S.R., Beebe, D., Halas, N.J., J. L. West "Optically-controlled valves for microfluidics systems." Society for Biomaterials (2002)

     
     

    Sershen, S.R., Drezek, R., Halas, N.J., J. L. West "Nanoparticle-assisted laser tissue welding." Society for Biomaterials (2002)

     
     Other
     

    Masters, K.S., Lipke, E.A., Rice, E.E.H., Liel, M.S., Myler, H.A., West, J.L. "Effects of S-nitrosocysteine on endothelial and smooth muscle cell behaviors and neointima formation." Biochem. Biophys. Res. Comm.In Press

     
     

    Sershen, S.R., Bankson, J.R., Hazel, J.J., Halas, N.J., West, J.L. "Light-triggered protein release from hydrogel drug delivery systems." Nature MaterialsIn Revision

     
     

    Masters, K.S., Lipke, E.A., Rice, E.E.H., Liel, M.S., Myler, H.A., West, J.L. "Effects of S-nitrosocysteine on endothelial and smooth muscle cell behaviors and neointima formation." Biochem. Biophys. Res. Comm (2003) In Press

     
     

    Gobin, A.S., West, J.L. "Cell migration through synthetic ECM analogs." FASEB J (In Press)

     
     

    Jackson, J.B., Westcott, S.L, Hirsch, L.R., West, J.L., and Halas, N.J "Probing the Optical Near Field of a Nanolen." Nature (In Review)

     
     

    Mann, B.K., Schmedlen, R.H., West, J.L. "Tethered-TGF-b increases extracellular matrix production of vascular smooth muscle cells." Biomaterials, 22 (2001) : 439-44.

     
     

    Mann, B.K., Tsai, A.T., Gobin, A.S., Schmedlen, R.H., West, J.L. "Synthetic ECM Analogs: Materials with Cell Adhesion, Growth Factor, and Proteolytically-Degradable Domains for Use as Tissue Engineering Scaffolds." Biomaterials, 22 (2001) : 3045-51.

     
     

    Mann, B.K., West, J.L. "Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering: Progress Towards a Tissue Engineered Heart." Anatomical Record, 263 (2001) : 367-71.

     
     

    Mann, B.K., West, J.L. "Cell adhesioin peptides alter smooth muscle cell adhesion, proliferation, migration,a nd matrix protein synthesis on modified surfaces and in polymer scaffolds." Journal of Biomedical Materials Research

     
     

    Myler, H.A., West, J.L. "Heparanse and Platelet Fcator-4 Induce bFGF Release and Subsequent SMC Proliferation and Migration: Implications in Restenosis."  (In Review)

     
     

    Nguyen, K.T., DeLong, S.D., West, J.L. "Simultaneous shear stress and cyclic strain enhance matrix synthesis and mechanical properties of tissue engineered vascular grafts."  (In Review)

     
     

    Schmedlen, R.H., Masters, K.S., West, J.L. "Photopolymerized PVA hydrogels for cell encapsulation." Biomaterials (In Press)

     
     

    Sershen, S.R., Westcott, S.L., Halas, N.J., and West, J. L. "Independent Optically Controlled Components for Microfabricated Devices."  (In Review)

     
     

    Sershen, S.R., Westcott, S.L., West, J.L. Halas, N.J. "An Opto-Mechanical Nanoshell-Polymer Composite." Applied Physics, 73 (2001.) : B1-3.

     
     

    Yonter, E.O., Scott-Burden, T., West, J.L. "Transfection with Lysyl Oxidase Increases the Modulus and Tensile Strength of Engineered Tissues via Increased Crosslinking of the Extracellular Matrix."  (In Review)

     
     

    Bohl, K.S., West, J.L. "Nitric oxide generating polymers inhibit platelet adhesion and smooth muscle cell proliferation." Biomaterials, 21 (2000) : 2273-8.

     
     

    Sershen, S., Wescott, S., Halas, N.J., West, J.L. "Photothermally-modulated Drug Delivery from Composites of Temperature-Sensitive Polymers and Optically Active Nanoparticles." Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, 51 (2000) : 293-8.

     
     

    West, J.L., Halas, N.J. "Applications of Nanotechnology to Biotechnology." Curr. Op. Biotech., 11 (2000) : 215-7.

     
     

    Bohl, K.S., West, J.L. "Nitric oxide generating polymers inhibit platelet adhesion to vascular grafts." Biomaterials (1999 (In press))

     
     

    Mann, B., Scott-Burden, T., West, J. L. "Biofunctional polymers for tissue engineering scaffolds." Tissue Engineering (1999 (In press))

     
     

    Mann, B., Scott-Burden, T., West, J. L. "Biofunctional polymers for tissue engineering scaffolds." Tissue Engineering (1999 (In press))

     
     

    Mann, B.K., Tsai, A.T., Scott-Burden, T., West, J.L. "Modification of surfaces with cell adhesion peptides alters extracellular matrix deposition." Biomaterials, 20 (1999) : 2281-2286.

     
     

    Mann, B.K., West, J.L. "Immobilized Transforming Growth Factor-Beta Increases Matrix Production by Cells Grown in Tissue Engineering Scaffolds." Nature Biotech (1999 (Submitted))

     
     

    Suggs, L. J., West, J. L., Mikos, A. G. "Platelet adhesion on a bioresorbable poly(propylene fumarate-co-ethylene glycol) copolymer." Biomaterials, 20 (1999) : 683-90.

     
     

    West, J. L., Hubbell, J. A. "Polymeric biomaterials with degradation sites for the proteolytic activities involved in cell migration." Macromolecules, 32 (1999) : 241.

     
     

    Suggs, L.J., West, J.L., Mikos, A.G. "Platelet adhesion on an in situ polymerizable biodegradable polymer." J. Biomed. Mater. Res. (in press)

     
     

    West, J.L. "Wound Healing." Frontiers in Tissue Engineering (1998)

     
    Presentations
     Invited Talks
     

    ""Advances in Regenerative Medicine"." Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference,

     
     

    "“Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Nanotechnology:  Moving Technologies to the Clinic”." Society for Biomaterials Symposium,

     
     

    ""Engineering Vascular Scaffolds for Repair"." Gordon Research Conference on Tissue Repair and Regeneration, New Hampshire. (6 June 2011)

     
     

    "Duke University, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science." (October 2011)

     
     

    "Materials Research Society 2011 Symposium, Invited Speaker, “Biomimetic Hydrogels as Scaffolds in Tissue Engineering”, San Francisco, CA.." (27 April 2011)

     
     

    "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Nanotechnology." American Association for Cancer Research, Denver, Colorado. (29 September 2010)

     
     

    "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Nanotechnology." ASME 2010 First Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology, Houston, Texas. (7 February 2010)

     
     

    "Therapeutic and Diagnostic Applications of Nanotechnology." Life Science Symposium 2010, Lausanne, Switzerland. (2 September 2010)

     
     

    "Bioactive ECM Analogs for Control of Cell-Material Interactions." Gordon Research Conference - Biomaterials: Biocompatibility/Tissue Engineering, The Holderness School, Holderness, NH. (21 July 2009)

     
     

    "Biomimetic Materials: A Synthetic Extracellular Matrix." Department of Biology & Biochemistry, University of Houston, (11 February 2009)

     
     

    "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Nanotechnology." CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, TX. (10 December 2009)

     
     

    "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Nanotechnology." Department of Radiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA. (15 December 2009)

     
     

    "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Nanotechnology." Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. (2 March 2009)

     
     

    "Nano-materials in Medicine." The Nanotechnology & Sustainability Venture Forum, Rice University, Houston, TX. (12 February 2009)

     
     

    "Nanotechnology in Cancer Diagnostics and Therapertics." (26 February 2009)

     
     

    "The Art of Discovery." The Philosophical Society of Texas, Austin, TX. (5 December 2009)

     
     

    "Biomimetic Biomaterials." The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST), Houston, TX. (January 2008)

     
     

    "Biomimetic Materials in Vascular Tissue Engineering." Department of Bioengineering, UCLA. (2008)

     
     

    "Biomimetic Strategies in Vascular Tissue Engineering." The 235th American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. (April 2008)

     
     

    "Biomimetic Strategies in Vascular Tissue Engineering." Experimental Biology 2008, San Diego, California. (April 2008)

     
     

    "Designing Synthetic Polymers to Mimic the ECM." Department of Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Lecturer Series, University of California at Irvine. (November 2008)

     
     

    "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Nanotechnology." Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia. (2008)

     
     

    "Medical Applications of Nanotechnology." 11th Annual Japanese-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, Irvine, California. (December 2008)

     
     

    "Medical Applications of Nanotechnology." Congressional Caucus on Nanotechnology, (2008)

     
     

    "Nanotechnology for Cancer." 2008 Texas Life Science Conference Oncology Forum, Houston, Texas. (November 2008)

     
     

    "American Physical Society, Opportunities in Biological Physics Symposium. Tissue Engineering and Regenrative Medicine." (2007)

     
     

    "Association of Clinical and Laboratory Physician-Scientists Annual Meeting, Diagnostic Applications of Nanotechnology." (2007)

     
     

    "Association of University Technology Managers Annual Meeting, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Nanotechnology." (2007)

     
     

    "BEACON, Biomimetic Strategies in Tissue Engineering." (2007)

     
     

    "Controlled Release Society Annual Meeting, Biomimetic Strategies in Tissue Engineering." 2007.

     
     

    "Georgia Institute of Technology, Bioengineering Department Seminar." (2007)

     
     

    "National Cancer Institute Symposium on Nanomedicine, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Nanotechnology." (2007)

     
     

    "North American Vascular Biology Organization Annual Meeting, Biomimetic Hydrogels that Mimic the Vascular Extracellular Matrix." (2007)

     
     

    "Purdue, Biomedical Engineering Department Seminar." (2007)

     
     

    "Texas Nanotechnology Conference, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Nanotechnology." (2007)

     
     

    "The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas Annual Meeting, Cardiovascular Engineering Session, Biomimetic Strategies in Vascular Tissue Engineering." (2007)

     
     

    "University of Minnesota, Department of Pharmacology Seminar." (2007)

     
     

    "University of North Carolina, Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence Seminar." (2007)

     
     

    "Baylor College of Medicine." (2005)

     
     

    "Bioemedical Engineering Society." (2005)

     
     

    "Biomedical Engineering Society." (2005)

     
     

    "Breast Cancer Symposium." (2005)

     
     

    "Elastomers and Gels Gordon Research Conference." (2005)

     
     

    "FDA Science Symposium." (2005)

     
     

    "IEEE Nanoscale Devices and Interfaces." (2005)

     
     

    "M.D. Anderson Grand Rounds." (2005)

     
     

    "Mayo Clinic." (2005)

     
     

    "NAE Frontiers of Engineering." (2004)

     
     

    "NCI NCAB." (2005)

     
     

    "NIH NIBIB Council." (2005)

     
     

    "Society for Biomaterials." (2005)

     
     

    "Texas A&M." (2005)

     
     

    "Whitaker Summit." (2005)

     
     

    "American Society for Gene Therapy." (04)

     
     

    "American Society for Matrix Biology." (04)

     
     

    "Biomedical Materials at the Edge Challenges in the Convergence of Technologies." National Cancer Institute Advisory Board Meeting. (04)

     
     

    "Department seminar." Baylor College of Medicine Vascular Surgery. (04)

     
     

    "Department seminar." Duke University. (04)

     
     

    "Department seminar." Imperial College. (04)

     
     

    "Frontiers of Engineerring Symposium." National Academy of Engineering, (04)

     
     

    "International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology." (04)

     
     

    "Nanotechnology and Cancer." National Cancer Institute Advisory Board Meeting, (04)

     
     

    "Bioengineering Presentation." Rice Alumni College. (2003)

     
     

    "Bioengineering Presentation." NSF-Yokohama International Workshop on Nanotechnology, (2003)

     
     

    "Bioengineering Presentation." CHI BioMEMS and Nanotech World Symposium, (2003)

     
     

    "Bioengineering Presentation." NIH NIBIB Council Meeting, (2003)

     
     

    "Bioengineering Presentation ." American Chemical Society, (2003)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." CalTech. (2003)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." UC San Diego. (2003)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." University of Alabama at Birmingham. (2003)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." Harvard. (2003)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." MIT. (2003)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." Washington University. (2003)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." University of Pennsylvania. (2003)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." University of Colorado. (2003)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." Los Alamos National Laboratory. (2003)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." Purdue. (2003)

     
     

    "Histology in Tissue Engineering Workshop." Society for Biomaterials, (2003)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." Baylor College of Medicine Shell Center for Gene Therapy, Houston TX. (2002)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." University of Washington, Seattle, WA. (2002)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." MIT, Cambridge MA. (2003)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." University of Southern California, CA. (2002)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." Harvard, Cambridge MA. (2003)

     
     

    "Department Seminar." Rutgers University, (2002)

     
     

    "Invited Talk." Society for Biomaterials, Practical Aspects of Genomics and Proteomics Symposium, (2002)

     
     

    "Invited Talk." New York Academy of Medicine, (2002)

     
     

    "Invited Talk." Lasers in Medicine and Biology Gordon Conference, (2002)

     
     

    "Invited Talk." Society for Biomaterials Nanostructured Materials Symposium, (2002)

     
     

    "Invited Talk." Experimental Biology, (2002)

     
     

    "Invited talk." Rice Alumni College, (2002)

     
     

    "Society for Biomaterials, Practical Aspects of Genomics and Proteomics Symposium." Society for Biomaterials, (2002)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    ""Balancing Work and Life"." Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position Workshop, NSF ADVANCE Program, Rice University. (18 September 2011)

     
     

    "2011 Korean-American Biomedical Scientists Symposium (KABMS), Houston, TX." (4 November 2011)

     
     

    "Biomaterials Day 2011, Texas A & M University." (16 May 2011)

     
     

    "Nanotechnology for Cancer Therapy: Translating Cutting Edge Research to the Clinic." 2008 Translational Biomaterial Research Symposium, Society for Biomaterials, Atlanta, Georgia. (September 2008)

     
     Other
     

    "The Next Generation." Biomaterials, (04)

     
     

    "No Title." Invited Lecturer for Departmental Seminar, Virginia Institute of Technology. (2001)

     
     

    "No Title." Invited Lecturer: American Chemical Society, (2001)

     
     

    "No Title." Invited Lecturer: Biomaterials and Biocompatibility Gordon Research Conference, (2001)

     
     

    "No Title." Invited Lecturer: Polymers West Gordon Research Conference, (2001)

     
     

    "No Title." Invited Lecturer: Rice Engineering Alumni, Rice University, Houston, TX. (2001)

     
     

    "No Title." Invited Lecturer for Departmental Seminar, University of Pennsylvania. (2001)

     
     

    "No Title." Invited Lecturer for Departmental Seminar, University of Houston. (2001)

     
     

    "No Title." Invited Lecturer for Departmental Seminar, University of Washington. (2001)

     
     

    "No Title." Invited Lecturer: American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, (2001)

     
     

    "Lecturer." NIST "Critical Issues in Designing and Characterizing Polymers for Medical Applications" Workshop, (2000)

     
     

    "Lecturer." New Jersey Center for Biomaterials Symposium, New Jersey. (2000)

     
     

    "Lecturer." International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology, (2000)

     
     

    "Lecturer." Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering Education Summit, (2000)

     
     

    "Seminar." Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX. (2000)

     
     

    "Seminar." University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX. (2000)

     
     

    "Biofunctional Material for Tissue Engineering." Boston University, Boston, MA. (1999)

     
     

    "Biofunctional Polymors." ACS Houston Chapter, Houston, TX. (1999)

     
     

    "Biomaterials Approach to the Prevention of Restenosis." Baylor College of Medicine, Cardiovascular Sciences, Houston, TX. (1999)

     
     

    "Biomaterials of the Future." Medical Data International, San Francisco, CA. (1999)

     
     

    "Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering." Alumni College, Palo Alto, CA. (Spring 1999)

     
     

    "Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering." Alumni College, Houston, TX. (Fall 1999)

     
     

    "Nitric Oxide-Producing Polymor for the Prevention of Thrombosis and Restenosis." International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology, Tucson, AZ. (2000)

     
     

    "Synthetic ECM Analogs." Materials Research Society, San Francisco, CA. (1999)

     
     

    "Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering." Advances in Tissue Engineering, (August 1998)

     
     

    "Cell non-adhesive polymers for prevention of post-operative adhesion formation." HSEMB Annual Conference, (March 1998) With A. Tsai

     
     

    "Conjugation of bioactive peptides alters cell adhesion, proliferation, and matrix protein synthesis." Tissue Engineering Society, (December 1998) With B. Mann, A. Tsai, T. Scott-Burden

     
     

    "Polymers for Tissue Engineering." University of Texas Medical Branch. (January 1998)

     
     

    "Rational design of biofunctional polymers." Texas A & M University. (October 1998)

     
     

    "Rational design of biofunctional polymers." University of Texas. (September 1998)

     
     

    "Rational design of biofunctional polymers." University of Pittsburgh. (October 1998)

     
     

    "Surface modification with RGD peptides alters cell adhesion, proliferation, and matrix production." Society for Biomaterials, (April 1998) With B. Mann, T. Scott-Burden

     
     

    "TGF-beta activity after covalent grafting to PEG hydrogels." Biomedical Engineering Society, (October 1998) With B. Mann, T. Scott-Burden

     
     Panelist
     

    Speaker.  "“From Knowledge to Innovation: Recommendations from the National Academies for Management of University Intellectual Property”." Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. (28 February 2011)

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    "University of California."

     
     

    "University of Pennsylvania."

     
     Session Chair
     

    "Drug Delivery Technologies: Nano to Micro Devices - II." Biomedical Engineering Society, Austin, Texas. (9 October 2010)

     
     

    Session Chair and Presenter.  "Nanotechnology for Cellular Imaging." Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS), San Diego, California. (December 2008)

     
     Workshops
     

    "Building Bridges Between Nanotechnology and Cancer Research." (04)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Associate Editor, Dictionary of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. (2009 - 2009)

     Associate Editor, Annals of Biomedical Engineering. (2010 - 2010)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Integrative Biology. (2010 - 2010)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition. (2010 - 2010)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment. (2010 - 2010)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment. (2012 - 2012)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Integrative Biology. (2012 - 2012)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment. (2009 - 2009)

     Associate Editor, Dictionary of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. (2010 - 2010)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition. (2009 - 2009)

     Associate Editor, Annals of Biomedical Engineering. (2009 - 2009)

     Associate Editor, Annals of Biomedical Engineering. (2012 - 2012)

     Associate Editor, Dictionary of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. (2011 - 2011)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Annual Reviews in Biomedical Engineering. (2012 - 2012)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition. (2012 - 2012)

     Associate Editor, Annals of Biomedical Engineering. (2006 - 2006)

     Associate Editor, Annals of Biomedical Engineering. AIP. (2002 - 2002)

     Associate Editor, Annals of Biomedical Engineering. (2004 - 2004)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Biomaterials Science. (2003 - 2003)

     Associate Editor, Annals of Biomedical Engineering. (2005 - 2005)

     Associate Editor, Annals of Biomedical Engineering. (2007 - 2007)

     Other, Cardiovascular Biomaterials. Biomaterials. (2000 - 2000)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment. (2005 - 2005)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition. (2007 - 2007)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition. (2006 - 2006)

     Associate Editor, Annual Reviews in Biomedical Engineering. (2002 - 2002)

     Associate Editor, Annals of Biomedical Engineering. (2003 - 2003)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Nature Drug Discovery. (2002 - 2002)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment. (2007 - 2007)

     Other, Nature Medicine. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Annual Reviews in Biomedical Engineering. (2003 - 2003)

     Other, Nature Biotechnology. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Langmuir. (2002 - 2002)

     Other, Biotechnology & Bioengineering. (2002 - 2002)

     Other, Nature Materials. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Polymer. (2002 - 2002)

     Other, Nature Drug Discovery. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Journal of the american Chemical Society. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Biomacromolecules. (2002 - 2002)

     Other, Langmuir. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Macromolecules. (2002 - 2002)

     Other, Nanotechnology Letters. (2002 - 2002)

     Other, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Biotechnology & Bioengineering. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Tissue Engineering. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Biomaterials. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Advanced Materials. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Polymer. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Biomacromolecules. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Nanotechnology Letters. (2004 - 2004)

     Other, Circulation Science. (2004 - 2004)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Edward Yonter, Masters Gene Therapy Approaches to Alter the Mechanical Properties of Tissue Engineered Constructs. (2000) (Thesis Director)

     Krystyn Masters, PhD Pharmacologically active materials for localized nitric oxide therapy. (2001) (Thesis Director)

     Scott Sershen, PhD Applications of Photothermally Responsive Composite Materials. (2002) (Thesis Director)

     Heather Myler, PhD Heparanase and Platelet Factor-4 Induce smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation and Migration via Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor Release from the Extracellular Matrix: Implications in the Restenosis Process. (2002) (Thesis Director)

     Andrea Gobin, PhD Graduated. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Wafa Elberjiami, PhD Graduated. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Nima Rohani, Master's Protease-Activated Quantum Dot Probes. (2010) (Thesis Director)

     Jennifer Saik, Ph.D. Bioactive Poly(ethylene glycol)-based Hydrogels for Angiogenesis in Tissue Engineering. (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Maude Rowland, Ph.D. Biomimetic PEG Hydrogels for ex vivo Hematopoietic Stem Cell Expansion. (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Christy Franco, Ph.D. Development of a Biomimetic Hydrogel Scaffold as an Artificial Niche to Investigate and Direct Neural Stem Cell Behavior. (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Michael Cuchiara, Ph.D. Microfabricated Poly (ethylene glycol) Based Hydrogels for Microvascular Tissue Engineering Applications. (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Emily Day, Ph.D. Molecularly-Targeted Gold-Based Nanoparticles for Cancer Imaging and Near-Infrared Photothermal Therapy. (2011) (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Most Cited Article for 2010, Annals of Biomedical Engineering (October 13, 2011)

     Inventor of the Year Award, State Bar of Texas (June 2010)

     BioHouston’s 2009 Women in Science Award, BioHouston, Inc.

     Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society (2008)

     The O'Donnell Award in Engineering, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (2008)

     Society for Biomaterials Outstanding Paper in Nanotechnology, Society for Biomaterials (2005)

     Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2005)

     Woman of The Year 2005, YWCA (2005)

     Nanotechnology Researchers of the Year , Small Times Magazine (2004)

     2004 Frank Annunzio Award, Christopher Columbus Foundation (2004)

     Hershel M. Rich Invention Award, (2003)

     Duncan Award, Rice University (2003)

     MIT Technology Review TR100, MIT Technology Review (2003)

     J.M. Chance Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Rice University (2002)

     Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Nanospectra Biosciences, Inc. (2001)

     Session Chair, HSEMB (2001)

     Member, SBIR Review Panel, NIH (2001)

     Member, ERC Site Visit Panel, NSF (2001)

     Member, Defense Sciences Study Group, Institute for Defense Analysis (2001-2003)

     Member, Biomedical Engineering Review Panel, NSF (2001)

     Award received by Student: Graduate Student Research Fellowship, Society for Biomaterials (2001)

     Award received by Student: CRS"Cygnus Award for Outstanding Research in Drug Delivery, (2001)

     Symposium Organizer, "Tissue Engineering", Materials Research Society (2001)

     Secretariat Lecturer, American Chemical Society (2001)

     Award received with student: Student Poster Award, 2nd Place Recipient: Masters, K., HSEMB (2001)

     Award received by Students: Graduate Student Awards, Biomedical Engineering Society (2001)

     Chair, Cell and Organ Therapies Group, Society for Biomaterials (2001)

     Session Chair, Society for Biomaterials (2001)

     Session Chair, Biomedical Engineering Society (2001)

     Member, Scientific Advisory Board, BioCure, Inc. (2001)

     Steering Committee and Program Committee, HSEMB (2000)

     Biomedical Engineering Review Panel, NSF (2000)

     XYZ-on-a-Chip Panel, NSF (2000)

     SBIR Review Panel, NIH (2000)

     Session Chair, Society for Biomaterials (2000)

     Session Chair, HSEMB (2000)

     Session Chair, Biomedical Engineering Society (2000)

     Session Chair, Materials Research Society (2000)

     Member, Houston Tissue Engineering Consortium Steering Committee (2000)

     Membership Committee, Biomedical Engineering Society (2000)

     Chair, Cell and Organ Therapies Group, Society for Biomaterials (2000)

     Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering Education Summit Workshop Coordinator, The Whitaker Foundation (2000)

     Panelist for the WTEC Tissue Engineering Study, sponsored by NSF, NIH, DARPA, NIST, NASA, and FDA (2000)

     Session Chair, Controlled Release Society (1996, 1999)

     Special Issue Editor, "Cardiovascular Biomaterials", Biomaterials (1999)

     Session Chair, HSEMB (1997,1998,1999)

     Session Chair, Summer Bioengineering Conference (1999)

     Session Chair, Biomedical Engineering Society (1999)

     Session Chair, 6th World Congress on Biomaterials (2000)

     Reviewer, Nature Medicine (1999)

     Reviewer, Nature Biotechnology (1999)

     Reviewer, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (1999)

     Reviewer, Tissue Engineering (1999)

     Reviewer, Biomaterials (1999)

     Reviewer, Journal of Biomaterials Science (1999)

     Reviewer, Journal of Polymer Science (1999)

     Outstanding Young Investigator, Society for Biomaterials (2000)

     CAREER Award, NSF (1999)

     Atorvastatin Research Award, Parke-Davis (1999)

     Vice Chair, Cell and Organ Therapies Group, Society for Biomaterials (2000)

     Vice Chair, Cell-Based Therapies Special Interest Group (formerly titled Hybrid Artificial Organs), Society for Biomaterials (1998-Present)

     Biomedical Engineering Society Program Committee for 2002 meeting,

     Membership Committee, Biomedical Engineering Society (1998-2000)

     Steering Committee and Program Committee, HSEMB (1997-present)

     NSF Biomedical Engineering Review Panel, (1997, 1998, 1999)

     NSF XYZ-on-a-Chip Review Panel, (1999)

     NIH SBIR Review Panel, (1999)

     Session Chair, Society for Biomaterials (1997,1998,1999)

    Positions Held
     Associate Professor of Bioengineering, Bioengineering. (2003 - 2003)

     Founding Board Member, Rosalind Franklin Society. (2011 - 2011)

     Editorial Committee, Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering. (2011 - 2011)

     Conference Co-Chair and Scientific Program Co-Chair, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) - North American Chapter. (2011 - 2011)

     Adjunct Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine. (2010 - 2010)

     Board of Directors, BioHouston. (2012 - 2012)

     Adjunct Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine. (2011 - 2011)

     Treasurer, Biomedical Engineering Society. (2012 - 2012)

     Executive Committee, Biomedical Engineering Society. (2011 - 2011)

     Surgery and Bioengineering Study Section, NIH. (2004 - 2004)

     Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Study Section, NIH. (2004 - 2004)

     Member, NRC Chemical Science and Technology Study Panel. (2004 - 2004)

     Board of Directors, Member-at-Large, Society for Biomaterials. (2004 - 2004)

     Academic Leadership Program, Whitaker Foundation. (2004 - 2004)

     Steering Committee and Program Committee, HSEMB. (2004 - 2004)

     MRSEC Site Visit Panel, NSF. (2004 - 2004)

     NCRR Review Panel, NIH. (2004 - 2004)

     Session Chair, Biomedical Engineering Society. (2004 - 2004)

     Session Chair, Biomedical Engineering Society. (2004 - 2004)

     Session Chair, World Biomaterials Congress. (2004 - 2004)