The University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science has awarded Jason Burdick, professor in the department of bioengineering, the 2017-2018 George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research for “pioneering contributions to designing and developing polymers for applications in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.”
The Heilmeier Award honors a Penn Engineering faculty member whose work is scientifically meritorious and has high technological impact and visibility. It is named for George H. Heilmeier, a Penn Engineering alumnus and overseer whose technological contributions included the development of liquid crystal displays and whose honors include the National Medal of Science and Kyoto Prize.
Dr. Burdick was chosen for his research in developing degradable polymeric biomaterials that can be used for tissue engineering, drug delivery and fundamental polymer studies. The platform polymer technology involves the development of modified biopolymers that react or assemble into networks and are processed using techniques such as photopatterning, electrospinning and 3D printing. Specific targets of his research include: scaffolding for cell and growth factor delivery in the regeneration of musculoskeletal tissues; controlling stem cell differentiation through material cues; and injectable hydrogels for the repair of cardiac tissue.