David L. Kaplan, Ph.D.

David KaplanStern Family Professor of Engineering
Professor and Chair
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Tufts University

Director
NIH P41 Resource Center on Tissue Engineering

Dr. David Kaplan is the Stern Family Professor of Engineering at Tufts University. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and also holds faculty appointments in the School of Medicine, Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University and the State University at Syracuse. His research focus is on biopolymer engineering to understand structure-function relationships, with emphasis on studies related to self-assembly, biomaterials engineering and regenerative medicine. Since 2004 he has directed the NIH P41 Tissue Engineering Resource Center (TERC), which involves Tufts University and Columbia University. He has published over 600 peer reviewed papers.

Dr. Kaplan’s lab has pioneered the study of silk-based biomaterials in regenerative medicine, from fundamental studies of the biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysical features to their impact on stem cell functions, complex tissue formation and medical device formation. Studies are also focused on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine with the use of complex 3-D tissue co-culture systems to establish and study a range of tissues (e.g., brain, kidney, adipose, intestine, lung, bone marrow and associated diseases).

Dr. Kaplan is the editor-in-chief of ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering and serves on many other editorial boards and programs for journals and universities. He has received a number of awards for teaching, is an Elected Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and received the Society for Biomaterials Clemson Award for contributions to literature in the field.

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