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Engineering Regenerative Medicine

A conversation with Karen Christman

October 31, 2012
36 minutes
Karen Christman


Karen Christman is currently assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Medicine at UC San Diego. Her lab focuses on developing novel biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications and has a strong translational focus with the main goal of developing novel minimally invasive therapies for cardiovascular disease. She has received numerous awards including the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Translational Research Award, the American Heart Association Western States Innovative Sciences Award, and the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society’s Young Investigator Award. Dr. Christman received her B.Sc. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in 2000 and her Ph.D. from the UC San Francisco and Berkeley Joint Bioengineering Graduate Group in 2003 under the direction of Dr. Randall J. Lee at UC San Francisco, where she examined in situ approaches to myocardial tissue engineering.