Featuring University of Toronto alumnus Ali Khademhosseini, CEO and Founding Director, Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation
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Ali Khademhosseini is the CEO and Founding Director of the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation. He is also a Researcher for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Inc. Previously, he was a Professor of Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering and Radiology at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). He joined UCLA as the Levi Knight Chair starting Nov. 2017 from Harvard University where he was a Professor at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) and faculty at the Harvard-MIT’s Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and as well as associate faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. At Harvard University, he directed the Biomaterials Innovation Research Center (BIRC) a leading initiative in making engineered biomedical materials. He is recognized as a leader in combining micro and nano-engineering approaches with advanced biomaterials for regenerative medicine applications. He is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the US government for early career investigators. In 2011, he received the Pioneers of Miniaturization Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for his contribution to microscale tissue engineering and microfluidics. In 2016, he received the Sr. Scientist Award of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society -Americas Chapter (TERMIS-AM), and in 2017 he received the Clemson Award of the Society for Biomaterials. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE), Materials Research Society (MRS), NANOSMAT Society, and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is also the recipient of the Mustafa Prize ($500,000 prize) as well as a member of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, Royal Society of Canada and Canadian Academy of Engineering. Currently he serves on the editorial board of numerous leading journals as well as an Associate Editor for ACS Nano. He received his Ph.D. in bioengineering from MIT (2005), and MASc (2001) and BASc (1999) degrees from University of Toronto both in chemical engineering.
About the series
To what extent can we plan and design our careers? How much depends on our environment, the choices we make, the opportunities that present themselves, the networks we build, and the achievements and failures we experience along the way? The Career Speaker Series will feature speakers who earned a graduate degree and have built interesting careers in regenerative medicine. They will speak about the challenges and opportunities of navigating a career in this emerging industry without a road map. These webinars are for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates in regenerative medicine-related fields.