Jason A. Burdick.
Jason A. Burdick.

The recipient of the third Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal is Dr. Jason A. Burdick who is the Robert D. Bent Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.   Dr. Burdick will receive his Silver Medal at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. Society for Biomaterials to be held in Seattle, WA in April 2019.

Dr. Burdick received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1998 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado in 2002.  He held a postdoctoral position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital from 2003-2005 before starting an independent faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005.

Dr. Burdick’s work focuses on the development and application of soft materials (e.g., hydrogels, elastomers) for biomedical applications.  His laboratory synthesizes unique materials that exhibit tailored biochemical and biophysical properties, including those that are stimuli-responsive.  These materials are utilized in a range of fundamental cellular studies, as well as in specific musculoskeletal and cardiovascular applications.  Significant accomplishments of his work include:

  • Development of materials with dynamic properties, for spatiotemporal control of mechanics to probe cellular mechanobiological responses.
  • Introduction of developmental signals into 3D hydrogels to control the differentiation of encapsulated stem cells for cartilage repair.
  • Fabrication of protease-responsive hydrogels for the “on-demand” delivery of therapeutics in diseases where protease levels change.
  • Engineering of shear-thinning and self-healing hydrogels for the delivery of mechanical and biochemical signals to the heart muscle after myocardial infarction.
  • Design of fibrous scaffolds for controlled porosity and the release of signals to encourage cell invasion and repair of connective tissues.
  • Development of 3D printing processes for the printing of non-viscous hydrogel materials or for the printing of hydrogel inks within hydrogels.

Dr. Burdick directs the Polymeric Biomaterials Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, and has received numerous awards for his research, including the George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, the Clemson Award for Basic Research through the Society for Biomaterials, the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, and the Kalpana Chalwa Outstanding Recent Alumni Award through the University of Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.