Prof. Mark W. Tibbitt is a chemical engineer with interdisciplinary training in cell biology, organic synthesis, materials science, bioengineering, mathematics, and biophysics. Since June 2017, he is Assistant Professor of Macromolecular Engineering at ETH Zürich within the Institute of Process Engineering of the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. Robert Langer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on engineering responsive materials that are exploited to understand fundamental processes in cell biology and materials science and translated to solve medical and industrial problems.
During his postdoctoral training at MIT, Mark researched injectable drug delivery systems to treat diseases locally as well as new methods for fabricating hierarchical tissues. This work was funded by postdoctoral fellowships from the National Institutes of Health (US), Misrock Foundation, and Fund for Medical Discovery. Mark obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2012 under the direction of Prof. Kristi S. Anseth. There, he developed, characterized, and applied a class of photoresponsive hydrogels for mammalian cell culture. Collaborating with biochemists and cell biologists, he used these materials to reveal unique insight into cell mechanotransduction - namely that stem cells possess a 'mechanical memory'. Mark's Ph.D. work was supported by fellowships from the National Institutes of Health (US), Department of Education (US), and the University of Colorado Boulder. Additionally, this work was awarded internationally by the Max Bergmann Center for Biomaterials, Society for Biomaterials, and as a fellow to the 61st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting as well as nationally by the American Chemical Society. Prior to this, Mark was trained in the highly interdisciplinary Integrated Science Program at Northwestern University, where he received bachelor's degrees in Integrated Science and Mathematics in 2007.
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