Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Laurencin is a designated University Professor at the
University of Connecticut. He is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen
Distinguished Endowed Chair Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in
the School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Laurencin is a tenured
member of the faculty in the School of Engineering and is
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Professor
of Materials Engineering and Professor of Biomedical
Engineering at UConn. Dr. Laurencin serves as Chief Executive
Officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and
Translational Science, UConn’s cross-university translational
science institute. In addition, he is the Founding Director of
the Institute for Regenerative Engineering and the Founding
Director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for
Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences at the
UConn Health Center.
Dr. Laurencin is an elected member of the Institute of
Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and an elected
member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Laurencin previously served as the UConn Health Center’s
Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the UConn School
of Medicine. Prior to that Dr. Laurencin was the Lillian T.
Pratt Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of
Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia, as well as
the Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief at the University of Virginia
Health System. In addition, he was designated as a University
Professor at the University of Virginia by the President and
held professorships in biomedical engineering and chemical
Dr. Laurencin earned his undergraduate degree in chemical
engineering from Princeton University and his medical degree,
Magna Cum Laude from the Harvard Medical School. During medical
school, he also earned his Ph.D. in biochemical
engineering/biotechnology from the Massachusetts Institute of
An expert in shoulder and knee surgery, Dr. Laurencin has
been named to America’s Top Doctors, and America’s Top Surgeons.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of
the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is one of few
orthopaedic surgeons elected to the American Surgical
Association. He is the winner of the Nicolas Andry Award from
the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons.
Dr. Laurencin’s research involves tissue engineering,
biomaterials science, nanotechnology and stem cell science and a
new field he terms, regenerative engineering. He is an
International Fellow in Biomaterials Science and Engineering and
a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological
Engineering, and a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.
His work was honored by Scientific American Magazine as one of
the 50 greatest achievements in science in 2007. Dr. Laurencin
was named the 2009 winner of the Pierre Galletti Award, Medical
and Institute of Chemical Engineers at its centennial
celebration. Dr. Laurencin is active in technology development.
In 2012 his work in musculoskeletal tissue regeneration was
featured in National Geographic Magazine's “100 Discoveries that
Changed Our World” edition. In addition, he received the
Technology, Innovation and Development Award from the Society
for Biomaterials in 2013 for key scientific and technical
innovation and leadership in translational research.
Dr. Laurencin’s work in mentoring students is well known. He
received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science,
Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in ceremonies at the White
House in 2010 and the Beckman Award for Mentoring in 2012. Most
recently Dr. Laurencin was honored by the American Association
for Advancement of Science, receiving the AAAS Mentor Award.
Dr. Laurencin has lectured throughout the world on clinical
orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal research. He is an
elected member of the Third World Academy of Sciences, and an
elected member of the African Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Laurencin is active in science and health policy. He has
been a member of the National Science Foundation’s Advisory
Committee for Engineering (ADCOM), and has served both on the
National Science Board of the FDA, and the National Advisory
Council for Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the
NIH. Dr. Laurencin is currently a member of the National
Academies Board of Life Sciences, and the National Academies
Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences
(DEPSCOM). He currently holds appointments by the Secretary of
Health and Human Services to the National Advisory Council for
Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, and the Advisory
Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health.
- University Professor, UConn
- Endowed Chair Professor, Department of Orthopaedic
Surgery, UConn Health Center
- Tenured Professor, School of Engineering
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
B.S.E., Princeton University
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.D., Harvard Medical School (Magna Cum Laude)
Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Program
Chief Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School,
Beth Israel Hospital
Cornell University Medical Center/The Hospital for Special
Surgery: Shoulder Surgery and Sports Medicine
- 2013, Technology, Innovation and Development Award from the Society for
- 2013, American Association for the Advancement of Science Mentoring Award
- 2012, National Geographic Magazine Selected Laurencin’s
Work in Regenerative
Medicine Among the “100 Scientific Discoveries that Changed the World”
- 2012, Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for Inspiring Their Former Students to
Make a Significant Contribution to Society
- 2012, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, Massachusetts Institute of
- 2011, Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
- 2011, Elected to the African Academy of Sciences
- 2011, Biomedical Engineering Society’s (BMES) Diversity Award
- 2009, Presidential Award of Excellence in Science, Engineering and Math
Mentoring (Presented by President Barack Obama, January 2010)
- 2009, Pierre Galletti Award (Organization’s Highest
Award) American Institute for Medical and Biological
- 2008, One of the Top 50 Innovators, Scientific American
- 2007, Who’s Who in Engineering Higher Education, Academic Keys
- 2007, Robert A. Bland Award, College of Engineering,
University of Virginia
- 2006, Nicolas Andry Award by the American Association of
Bone and Joint Surgeons for Significant Achievements in
- 2006, America’s Top Surgeons
- 2005, 2004, Americas’ Top Doctors
- 2004, Elected to National Academy of Sciences, Institute
- 2004, Who’s Who in America
- 2002, William Grimes Award, American Institute of
- 2002, Distinguished Professor Designation Bestowed,
- 1998, Distinguished Alumni Award, Princeton University
- 1997, Elected Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic
- 1992, Who’s Who in Engineering and Science
- 1987, Robinson Memorial Prize for Surgery
- 1984-1987, Hugh Hampton Young Memorial Prize, MIT
Foley P.L., Ulery B.D., Kan H.M., Burks M.V., Cui Z., Wu Q.,
Nair L.S., Laurencin C.T. A chitosan thermogel for delivery of
ropivacaine in regional musculoskeletal anesthesia.
Biomaterials. 2013 Mar; 34(10):2539-46.
Laurencin C.T., Khan Y. Regenerative engineering. Sci Transl
Med. 2012 Nov 14; 4(160):160ed9.
Jabbarzadeh E., Deng M., Lv Q., Jiang T., Khan Y.M., Nair
L.S., Laurencin C.T. VEGF-incorporated biomimetic poly(lactide-co-glycolide)
sintered microsphere scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. J
Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2012 Nov; 100(8):2187-96.
Lo K.W., Ashe K.M., Kan H.M., Laurencin C.T. The role of
small molecules in musculoskeletal regeneration. Regen Med. 2012
Peach M.S., James R., Toti U.S., Deng M., Morozowich N.L.,
Allcock H.R., Laurencin C.T., Kumbar S.G. Polyphosphazene
functionalized polyester fiber matrices for tendon tissue
engineering: in vitro evaluation with human mesenchymal stem
cells. Biomed Mater. 2012 Aug; 7(4):045016.
Amini A.R., Adams D.J., Laurencin C.T., Nukavarapu S.P.
Optimally porous and biomechanically compatible scaffolds for
large-area bone regeneration. Tissue Eng Part A. 2012 Jul;
Lo K.W., Ulery B.D., Ashe K.M., Laurencin C.T. Studies of
bone morphogenetic protein-based surgical repair. Adv Drug Deliv
Rev. 2012 Sep; 64(12):1277-91.
Amini A.R., Laurencin C.T., Nukavarapu S.P. Differential
analysis of peripheral blood- and bone marrow-derived
endothelial progenitor cells for enhanced vascularization in
bone tissue engineering. J Orthop Res. 2012 Sep; 30(9):1507-15.
Peach M.S., Kumbar S.G., James R., Toti U.S., Balasubramaniam
D., Deng M., Ulery B., Mazzocca A.D., McCarthy M.B., Morozowich
N.L., Allcock H.R., Laurencin C.T. Design and optimization of
polyphosphazene functionalized fiber matrices for soft tissue
regeneration. J Biomed Nanotechnol. 2012 Feb; 8(1):107-24.
Deng M., James R., Laurencin C.T., Kumbar S.G. Nanostructured
polymeric scaffolds for orthopaedic regenerative engineering.
IEEE Trans Nanobioscience. 2012 Mar; 11(1):3-14.
Amini A.R., Laurencin C.T., Nukavarapu S.P. Bone tissue
engineering: recent advances and challenges. Crit Rev Biomed
Eng. 2012; 40(5):363-408.
Kumbar SG, Toti US, Deng M, James R, Laurencin CT,
Aravamudhan A, Harmon M, Ramos DM. Novel mechanically competent
polysaccharide scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. Biomed
Mater. 2011 Dec; 6(6):065005.
Ulery B.D., Nair L.S., Laurencin C.T. Biomedical Applications
of Biodegradable Polymers. J Polym Sci B Polym Phys. 2011 Jun
James R., Kumbar S.G., Laurencin C.T., Balian G., Chhabra
A.B. Tendon tissue engineering: adipose-derived stem cell and
GDF-5 mediated regeneration using electrospun matrix systems.
Biomed Mater. 2011 Apr; 6(2):025011.
Bush J.R., Nayak B.K., Nair L.S., Gupta M.C., Laurencin C.T.
Improved bio-implant using ultrafast laser induced
self-assembled nanotexture in titanium. J Biomed Mater Res B
Appl Biomater. 2011 May; 97(2):299-305.
Lo K.W., Kan H.M., Ashe K.M., Laurencin C.T. The small
molecule PKA-specific cyclic AMP analogue as an inducer of
osteoblast-like cells differentiation and mineralization. J
Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2012 Jan; 6(1):40-8.
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- Repair and regeneration of shoulder and knee tissue
Basic Science Research
- Biomaterials, tissue engineering, nanotechnology, and stem
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