Phillip Messersmith

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Class of 1941 Endowed Professor of Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering

218 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Mailcode 1760
510-643-9631
philm@berkeley.edu

For more information, see: http://bioinspiredmaterials.berkeley.edu/

Research Interests

My laboratory is interested in understanding structure-property relationships in biological materials and in using this information to design biologically inspired materials for use in healthcare. Fundamental studies include single molecule and bulk biophysical studies of biointerfacial and bulk mechanochemical phenomena in biological materials, whereas our applied studies the design and synthesis of novel biomaterials for tissue repair and regeneration.

Education

  • 1993 Ph.D. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana
  • 1987 M.S. Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University
  • 1985 B.S. School of Life Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana

Major Awards

  • 2015 Member, National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council (NIH)
  • 2014-present Class of 1941 Professor, Departments of Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering, UC Berkeley
  • 2014 Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Bioinspired Materials
  • 2013 Clemson Award for Basic Research, Society for Biomaterials
  • 2012 Fellow, International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering
  • 2012 Co-Editor in Chief, Biomaterials Science
  • 2010 Program Chair of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biomaterials
  • 2010 Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2010 Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Biointerface Science
  • 2009 Langmuir Lecture Award Recipient, American Chemical Society, Division of Colloids and Surface Science
  • 2008 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Visiting Research Fellowship
  • 2006 MERIT Award, NIH
  • 2006 Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
  • 2003 Member, Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Study Section, NIH
  • 1997 NIH First Award

Professional Experience

  • 2006-2014 Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University
  • 2003-2005 Associate Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
  • 2000-2003 Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • 1998-1999 Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical School, and Department of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • 1997-1998 Assistant Professor, Division of Biological Materials, Dental School, Northwestern University
  • 1994-1997 Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry and Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 1992-1994 Postdoc Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University