Cornell University researcher Lawrence Bonassar will give the 2019 Hohenschuh Lecture Monday, March 4, on the WSU Pullman campus.
His lecture, titled, “Lessons Learned in a Decade of Printing Cartilage,” will begin at 4 p.m. in The Spark G45, and preceded by a reception at 3 p.m. in Spark Town Square.
Bonassar’s research focuses on cartilage biomechanics and tissue engineering. His work is aimed at understanding structure-property relationships in cartilage to elucidate mechanisms of disease and inform design of tissue replacements. His research focusing on tissue regeneration includes the development of tissue injection molding and 3D tissue printing aimed at scale‑up and manufacturing of high fidelity living implants design based on medical imaging.
He has published more than 200 peer‑reviewed manuscripts and that have been cited more than 13,000 times. His work on regenerative medicine has been featured in the Health and Science Section of The Washington Post, National Geographic’s Explorers, BBC’s Horizons, CBC’s The Nature of Things, CBS’ Sunday Morning, and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS.
Bonassar, the Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Professor in Cornell’s Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering and Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received his bachelor’s degree from the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He received both his masters and doctoral degrees from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. He completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Bonassar was an assistant professor in the Center for Tissue Engineering at University of Massachusetts Medical School from 1997 to 2003, prior to joining the faculty at Cornell. He was one of the founding members of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell and served as its associate chair from 2005–2014.