Stem cells; Regenerative medicine; Biomaterials; Cornea repair; Biomaterials and stem cells for tissue engineering; Cartilage regeneration; Stem cell research; Regenerating tissue
Dr. Jennifer Elisseeff is a professor of ophthalmology and orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She also holds appointments in the Johns Hopkins Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on tissue regeneration. Dr. Elisseeff is the Jules Stein Professor of Ophthalmology and director of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center.
Her team is engaged in engineering technologies to repair lost tissues. Specifically, she is examining hydrogels as a scaffold for tissue engineering and is working to develop an artificial cornea.
Dr. Elisseeff received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in medical engineering from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. After doctoral studies, Dr. Elisseeff was a fellow at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Pharmacology Research Associate Program. She joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2001.
In 2004, Dr. Elisseeff cofounded Cartilix Inc., a startup that translated adhesive and biomaterial technologies for treating orthopedic disease, acquired by Biomet Inc. in 2009. In 2009, she also founded Aegeria Soft Tissue and Tissue Repair, startups focused on soft tissue regeneration and wound healing.
Dr. Elisseeff serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Bausch and Lomb, Kythera Biopharmaceutical, and Cellular Bioengineering Inc. She has received numerous awards including the Carnegie Mellon Young Alumni Award, Arthritis Investigator Award from the Arthritis Foundation, Yasuda Award from the Society of Physical Regulation in Medicine and Biology. She was named by Technology Review magazine as a top innovator under 35 in 2002 and her research was cited among the top 10 technologies to change the future. In 2008, Dr. Elisseeff was elected a fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum. She has published over 120 articles, book chapters and patent applications and given over 130 national and international invited lectures.