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Panel 4: David Schaffer

Tissue Engineering and Extracellular Influences

October 31, 2012
23 minutes
David Schaffer


David Schaffer joined UC Berkeley in 1999 and is currently professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, bioengineering, and neuroscience at UC Berkeley. He also serves as the director of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center. He applies engineering principles to enhance stem cell and gene therapy approaches for neuroregeneration, work that includes developing new technologies to enable mechanistic investigation of stem cell control. Dr. Schaffer has received numerous awards, including an NSF CAREER Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, Whitaker Foundation Young Investigator Award, Biomedical Engineering Society Rita Shaffer Young Investigator Award, and the American Chemical Society BIOT Division Young Investigator Award in 2006. He was named a Technology Review Top 100 Innovator, and in 2010, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Schaffer graduated from Stanford University with a B.Sc. in chemical engineering in 1993 and in 1998 he received a Ph.D. from MIT, also in chemical engineering. Finally, he did a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Fred Gage at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.