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Post-Doc ​Chemical Engineering, UC Los Angeles, 2012-2016Ph.D. ​Biomedical Engineering, UC Los Angeles, 2011B.S. ​Biomedical Engineering, UC Davis, 2006

"My research focuses on inventing micro-scale, instructive biomaterials for accelerated and improved recovery from injury and illness with a heavy emphasis on clinical translation."

Donald Richieri Griffin

Don Griffin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. After his training in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, Don joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in 2017.

His lab works on creating advanced biomaterials to support both fundamental science and translational approaches to tissue regeneration. They engineer biomaterials using a unique combination of microscale geometric control and novel chemistries.

Don's work also bridges the academic-industry relationship with recognition as an inventor on several pending patents. Additionally, Don is a co-founder of a growing biomaterials company, Tempo Therapeutics (located in San Diego).

Research Interests

  • Novel Biomaterial Development
  • Drug and Cell Delivery
  • Regenerative Medicine

Selected Publications

  • "Particle Hydrogels Based on Hyaluronic Acid Building Blocks." ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng., 2016, 2 (11), pp 2034–2041. E Sideris, DR Griffin, Y Ding, S Li, WM Weaver, D Di Carlo, T Hsiai, T Segura
  • "Accelerated wound healing by injectable microporous gel scaffolds assembled from annealed building blocks." Nature Materials, 2015, 14: 737–744. DR Griffin, WM Weaver, P Scumpia, D DiCarlo, T Segura
  • "Hybrid Photopatterned Enzymatic Reaction (HyPER) for In situ Cell Manipulation." ChemBioChem, 2014, 15 (2): 233–242. DR Griffin, J Borrajo, A Soon, GF Acosta-Vélez, V Oshita, N Darling, J Mack, T Barker, ML Iruela-Arispe, T Segura
  • "Synthesis of Photodegradable Macromers for Conjugation and Release of Bioactive Molecules." Biomacromolecules, 2013, 14 (4): 1199–1207. DR Griffin, JL Schlosser, SF Lam, TH Nguyen, HD Maynard, AM Kasko
  • "Photoselective Delivery of Model Therapeutics from Hydrogels." ACS Macro Letters, 2012, 1 (11): 1330–1334. DR Griffin, AM Kasko
  • "Photodegradable Macromers and Hydrogels for Live Cell Encapsulation and Release." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012, 134 (31): 13103–13107. DR Griffin, AM Kasko