Cato Laurencin

Cato Laurencin
University Professor
Professor of MSE and CBE
Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Ph.D., MIT (1987)
M.D., Harvard Medical School (1987)

University of Connecticut Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue, Unit MC3800
Farmington, CT 06030
Office: E7036
Phone: (860) 679-4068

Research Interests

  • Tissue engineering
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Musculoskeletal Regeneration
  • Nanotechnology
  • Polymeric Materials Science
  • Bioreactor Technology
  • Drug Delivery Systems
  • Stem Cell Technologies

Awards & Honors

2013 American Association for the Advancement of Science Mentoring Award
2013 Technology Innovation and Development Award of the Society for Biomaterials
2013 Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer University of Colorado Medical Center
2012 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for Mentoring
2012 Pirkey Distinguished Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of Texasat Austin
2012 Basore Distinguished Lecturer, Auburn University
2012 Selected in the list of Prominent African-Americans “Poised to Make a Big Difference in the United States and the World by MSNBC
2012 Distinguished Speakers Series at the University of California Riverside
2012 National Geographic Magazine selected Laurencin’s work in Regenerative Medicine among the “100 Scientific Discoveries That Changed the World”.
2012 10th Alvin Crawford Mentoring Award, The J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society (JRGOS)
2012 Chair, Board of Directors for the W. Montague Cobb/National MedicalAssociation (COBB) Health Institute
2012 Keynote Speaker, Second International Conference on Nanotechnology, Kochi, India
2012 Interviewed by Fox 61 as part of its series, “Black History is Everyone’s History”, celebrating African-American achievements in Connecticut
2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2011 Elected, African Academy of Sciences
2011 Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
2011 Designated as one of the two University Professors at the University of Connecticut
2011 Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, presented by President Barack Obama
2010 Elected Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society
2009 Named one of the 100 engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers at its Centennial Celebration
2009 Pierre Galletti Award (highest honor) from the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
2007 Who’s Who in Engineering Higher Education, Academic Keys
2007 “SciAm 50” award 50 highest scientific achievements of 2007 by the Scientific American Magazine
2007 Robert A. Bland Award, College of Engineering, University of Virginia
2006 Clemson Award for Contribution to Biomaterials Literature by the society for biomaterials
2006 Nicolas Andry Award by the American Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons for Significant Achievements in Orthopaedic Surgery
2006 America’s Top Surgeons
2005, 2004 Americas’ Top Doctors
2004 Elected to National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine
2004 Who’s Who in America
2002 William Grimes Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
2002 Distinguished Professor Designation Bestowed, Drexel University
1999 Elected International Fellow in Biomaterial Science and Engineering
1999 Profiled by IEEE in “Scientists of the Millennium” Series
1998 Distinguished Alumni Award, Princeton University
1997 Elected Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
1995 Presidential Faculty Fellow Award, The National Science Foundation
1992 Who’s Who in Engineering and Science
1987 Robinson Memorial Prize for Surgery
1984-1987 Hugh Hampton Young Memorial Prize, MIT

Recent Publications

Laurencin CT, Nair LS. The Quest toward Limb Regeneration: A regenerative engineering approach. Regenerative Biomaterials: 123-125 (2016) 

Kuyinu EL, Narayanan G, Nair LS, Laurencin CT. Animal models of osteoarthritis: classification, update, and measurement of outcomes. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research. 11:1-27 (2016). 

Narayanan G, Vernekar V, Kuyinu E, Laurencin CT. Poly (Lactic Acid)-Based Biomaterials for Orthopaedic Regenerative Engineering. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews. (2016; in press) 

VN. Vernekar, R. James, K.J. Smith, and C.T. Laurencin, Nanotechnology Applications in Stem Cell Science for Regenerative Engineering, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 16, 1-16 (2016). 

V.N. Vernekar, K.J. Smith, and C.T. Laurencin, Nanotechnology Approaches to Regenerative Engineering, in Biomaterials & Nanotechnology for Tissue Engineering, S. Swaminathan, S.A. Shankar, and U. Krishnan Editors, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. (2016; in press). 

Laurencin CT, Nair LS. Regenerative Engineering. Approaches to Limb regeneration and other grand challenges. Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine, 1: 1-3 (2015) 

Jiang T, Carbone EJ, Lo WH, Laurencin CT. Electrospinning of polymer nanofibers for tissue regeneration. Progress in Polymer Science 46: 1-24 (2015). 

R. Kasir, V.N. Vernekar, and C.T. Laurencin, Regenerative Engineering of Cartilage Using Adipose Derived Stem Cells, Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine, 1, 42-49 (2015). 

James, R; Laurencin, CT. Regenerative engineering and bionic limbs. Rare Metals Feb; 34(3): 143-155 (2015). 

Bagshaw, K.I., Hanenbaum, C.I., Carbone, E.J., Lo, K. Laurencin, C.T., Walker, J., and Nair, L.S.: Pain management via local anaesthetics and responsive hydrogels. Ther. Deliv, 6, 165-176, (2015).

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