HSCI faculty receive awards for achievement and leadership

Two HSCI faculty members from Brigham and Women’s Hospital were recently awarded the 2011 Young Investigator Award from the Society for Biomaterials (SFB). In April, Jeffrey Karp, PhD, and Ali Khademhosseini, PhD, will receive their awards at the SFB Annual Meeting and Exposition in Florida.

Each year for more than a decade, SFB has recognized young investigators from around the world who demonstrate outstanding achievement and leadership in the field of biomaterials research. The awardees are selected from a review of international nominations.

“This is such a great honor,” Karp said. “It is great to receive this along with my good friend, Ali Khademhosseini, whom I have known since graduate school.” Karp’s research focuses on stem cell engineering biomaterials, medical devices that sense travel through tissues, and gecko-inspired medical adhesives — recently selected by Popular Mechanics as one of the “Top 20 New Biotech Breakthroughs That Will Change Medicine.” He was also recognized in 2008 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review magazine as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35.

“This is a very humbling experience given the long legacy of this award and its previous recipients,” said Khademhosseini. “I am very happy to share this with Jeff Karp, a great friend and colleague.” Khademhosseini conducts research based on developing microscale and nanoscale technologies to control cellular behavior, with a particular emphasis on developing microscale biomaterials and engineering systems for tissue engineering.