Hydrogels as Synthetic Extracellular Matrices: Biology in the Fourth Dimension
About the Speaker:
Kristi Anseth is a world-class researcher in biomaterials and regenerative medicine. She engages molecular biology, materials engineering and biochemistry in the development of synthetic extracellular matrices that mimic physiological environments. Her work is informed by a background in chemical engineering; she received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Anseth completed her doctorate in 28 months, publishing 10 papers in the process. Following this, Anseth completed postdoctoral work at Purdue and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she worked under the mentorship of Robert Langer, a leader in the field of biomedical engineering. Today, Langer calls Anseth “one of the top bioengineers in the world.” Once an exceptional student, Kristi Anseth is now at the forefront of her field, using a materials-first approach to address major hurdles in regenerative medicine. Anseth was the first engineer to be named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and she is one of a handful of individuals elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors.
About Bernard Andes Hess:
Bernard Andes Hess was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Sept. 22, 1900, and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1922 with a degree in chemical engineering. Bernard soon joined E.I. du Pont at the company’s Deepwater Plant in New Jersey (later named Chambers Works). While at DuPont, he worked in many different areas, including the analytical laboratory at Jackson Lab, the tetraethyl lead group, and the Carrolville Dye Works. In 1930, Bernard married Camille Robinson in the University Chapel. Camille was also a graduate of the University, receiving a master’s degree in English in 1924. During the course of his career, Bernard was always involved in production of chemicals. He rose through the ranks at Chambers Works, becoming superintendent, then assistant plant manager in 1955 and plant manager in 1961. At the time of his retirement in 1965, the Chambers Works facility was the largest chemical production plant in the United States and employed more than 8,000 people.