Professor, Tufts University
David Kaplan is the Stern Family Endowed Professor of Engineering at Tufts University and a Distinguished University Professor. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and he holds joint appointments in the Tufts University Medical School in the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University Dental School, Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. His research focus is on biopolymer engineering to understand structure-function relationships, with a focus on silks, collagens and elastins. His research group also focuses on the utilization of these biopolymers for biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine goals. Since 2004, he has directed the National Institutes of Health P41 Resource Center on Tissue Engineering that involves Tufts University and Columbia University. He has published over 700 peer reviewed papers, he is the editor-in-chief of the journal, ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, and he serves on many editorial boards and programmatic boards for journals, government organizations and universities. His lab has been responsible for over 100 patents issued or allowed and about a dozen start up companies. He has received a number of awards for his research contributions and his teaching.