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Treena L Arinzeh

Treena Livingston Arinzeh, PhD, a professor in the department of biomedical engineering at NJIT, has earned national recognition for her commitment to making adult stem cell therapy a future reality.  Her research interests include developing stem cell combination therapies, specifically using bioinspired materials that promote stem cell repair of bone, cartilage and nervous tissue defects.

In fall 2004, President Bush awarded her the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest national honor that a young researcher can receive.  In 2003, the National Science Foundation also gave Arinzeh its highest honor--a Faculty Early Career Development award that included a $400,000 research grant.  Arinzeh also has been recognized with the Outstanding Scientist Award from the NJ Association for Biomedical Research in 2004; “People to Watch in 2005” in The Star Ledger; the Coulter Foundation Translational Award in 2010; and the NJ Hall of Fame Innovator Award in 2013.  She was elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2013.

Arinzeh has already made two stem-cell breakthroughs.  Several years ago, her paper in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research documented the first of these discoveries.  The paper focused on her work with biomaterials known as scaffolds--specifically, calcium phosphates--that act as a framework for growing stem cells and which can prompt them to become the cellular building material of bone or other tissues.  Her second discovery, which she described in a paper for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, was that adult stem cells taken from one person could be implanted in another without being rejected.  It was among the most significant findings in stem cell research in the past few years.

Arinzeh received her PhD in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999; her MSE in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1994; and her BS in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University in 1992.

Last update:  Sept. 17, 2013
Topics: biomedical engineering, cell-biomaterial interaction, materials processing, nerve tissue regeneration using stem cells, applied biomaterials, adult stem cell therapy, tissue engineering, cell-biomaterial interaction