Jason Burdick Selected to Participate in the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

June 1, 2009

Jason A. Burdick, the Wilf Family Term Assistant Professor in the department of Bioengineering, has been selected as one of 100 of the nation's brightest young engineers to participate in National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.  The 2½-day event will bring together engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines.  The participants are made up of engineers from industry, academia, and government, and were nominated by fellow engineers and organizations from all over the country. The symposium will be held Sept. 10-12 in Irvine, California and will examine Engineering Tools for Scientific Discovery, Engineering the Health Care Delivery System, Nano/Micro Photonics and New Applications, and Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure.

Burdick's research focuses on the use of a platform of biomaterials and specifically photocrosslinkable and degradable polymers to develop novel therapies for a range on tissue engineering application, including treatment for cartilage, meniscus and cardiac tissues.  These polymeric systems act as carriers for growth factors and/or cells and are applied non-invasively to an injury site to lead to tissue regeneration. These materials also provide a range of signals that can control stem cell behavior, including differentiation.  His newest findings hold the potential to become the preferred next generation therapeutic for patients with cartilage damage.

To read more about Burdick and his research, please visit his bioengineering faculty page.

See the NAE press release.