Cato T. Laurencin

Dr. Cato Laurencin

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
University Professor; Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery;
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Professor of Materials Science and Engineering;
Director, The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences;
Chief Executive Officer, The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translational in Regenerative Engineering

UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: (860) 486-2594
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  • Ph.D., MIT, 1987
  • M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1987

Research Focus

  • Tissue Engineering
  • Musculoskeletal Regeneration
  • Nanotechnology
  • Polymeric Materials Science
  • Bioreactor Technology
  • Drug Delivery Systems
  • Stem Cell Technologies


  • Recipient, The American Association for the Advancement of Science Philip Hauge Abelson Prize ‘for signal contributions to science in the United States’, 2019
  • Lee Hsun Lecture Award, Shenyang University, Shenyang, China, 2018
  • Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, Mt. Sinai University School of Medicine, 2018
  • Distinguished Engineering Educator Award for 2017 (From the Engineer’s Council)
  • Inducted into the Indian National Academy of Sciences, 2017
  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation, 2016
  • Fellow of the Indian Academy of Engineering, 2016
  • Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 2016
  • Fellow (Foreign) Indian National Academy of Sciences, 2015
  • Pioneer of Diversity Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2015
  • Living Legend Award, National Medical Association, 2015
  • Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. Travelling Fellow Award established by the Society for Biomaterials, 2015
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, West Indian Foundation, 2015
  • NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, 2014
  • Elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 2014
  • Elected Fellow of the Materials Research Society, 2014
  • Torch of Liberty Award, Anti-Defamation League, 2014
  • Connecticut Cure, Academic Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2014
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Mentor Award, 2013
  • Technology Innovation and Development Award of the Society for Biomaterials, 2013
  • Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for Mentoring, 2012
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Mentor Award, 2012
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012
  • Elected, African Academy of Sciences, 2011
  • Elected Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2010
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, 2010
  • Named one of the 100 engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers at its Centennial Celebration, 2009
  • Pierre Galletti Award (highest honor) from the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2009
  • Named 50 Greatest Achievements in Science “SciAm 50” by Scientific American Magazine, 2007
  • Clemson Award for Contribution to Literature, 2006
  • Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, 2004
  • William Grimes Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering (American Institute of Chem. Engineers), 2002
  • Profiled by IEEE in “Scientists of the Millennium” Series, 1999
  • Elected International Fellow in Biomaterial Science and Engineering, 1999
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Princeton University, Association of Black Princeton Alumni (ABPP), 1998
  • Presidential Faculty Fellow Award, The National Science Foundation, 1995

Current Publications

Nelson, C., Khan, Y., and Laurencin, C.T.: Nanofiber/Microsphere Hybrid Matrices In Vivo for Bone Regenerative Engineering: A Preliminary Report. Regen. Eng. Transl. Med. DOI: 10.1007/s40883-018-0055-1.

Peach, S.M., Ramos, D.M., James, R., Morozowich, N., Mazzocca, A., Doty, S.B., Allcock, H., Kumbar, S., and Laurencin, C.:Engineered stem cell niche matrices for rotator cuff tendon regenerative engineering. PLOS ONE 12: eo174789  2017 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0174789.

Zhibo, S., Nair, L.S., and Laurencin, C.T.: The paracrine effect of adipose derived stem cells inihibits IL-1B induced inflammation in chondrogenic cells through the WNT-B catenin signaling  pathway. Regen. Eng. Transl. Medicine 4 35-41, 2018.

Laurencin, C., Murdock, C., Laurencin, L. and Christensen, D.: HIV/AIDS and the African-American Community 2018: A Decade Call to Action. Journal Racial Ethnic Health Disparities DOI: 10.1007/s40615-018-0491-0.

Ogueri, K., Taheri, T., Escobar, J., and Laurencin, C.T.: Polymeric Biomaterials for Scaffold-Based Bone Regenerative Engineering. Regen. Eng. Transl. Res. DOI 10.1007/s40883-018-0072-0.

Ogueri, K., and Laurencin, C.T.: Polyphosphazene-Based Biomaterials for Regenerative Engineering in Polyphosphazenes in Biomedicine, Engineering and Pioneering Synthesis, ed Adrianov, A.K. and Allcock, H.R.: ACS Symposium Series, ACS, Washington DC pp 53-75, 201.

Prabhath, V.N. Vernekar, E. Sanchez, C.T. Laurencin, “Growth Factor Delivery Strategies for Rotator Cuff Repair and Regeneration,” in International Journal of Pharmaceutics, A Special Issue on “Advances in Drug Delivery Related Biosensors and Medical Devices,” D.J. Burgess and J. Shen (Editors), 2018, 544: 358-371.

Ogueri, K.S., Allcock, H. R., Laurencin, C.T.; Polyphosphazenes (2018); Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology.

Ramos, D, Abdulmalik, S, Arul, M, Rudraiah, S, Laurencin, C, Mazzocca, A, Kumbar, S: Insulin Immobilized PCL-Cellulose Acetate Micro-Nano Structured Fibrous Scaffolds for Tendon Tissue Engineering; Polymers for Advanced Technologies, Polym Adv Technol. 2019;1-11.

Arnold, A., Holt, B., Daneshmandi, L., Laurencin, C.T., Sydlik, S.A.; Phosphate graphene as an intrinsically osteoinductive scaffold for stem cell-driven bone regeneration; Proc Natl Acad Sci, 2019 Feb 22, DOI 1073/pnas.1815434116.

Laurencin CT, Nair LS. The Quest toward Limb Regeneration: A regenerative engineering approach. Regenerative Biomaterials: 123-125 (2016).

Kuyinu EL, Narayanan G, Nair LS, Laurencin CT. Animal models of osteoarthritis: classification, update, and measurement of outcomes. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research. 11:1-27 (2016).

Narayanan G, Vernekar V, Kuyinu E, Laurencin CT. Poly (Lactic Acid)-Based Biomaterials for Orthopaedic Regenerative Engineering. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews. (2016; in press)

VN. Vernekar, R. James, K.J. Smith, and C.T. Laurencin, Nanotechnology Applications in Stem Cell Science for Regenerative Engineering, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 16, 1-16 (2016).

V.N. Vernekar, K.J. Smith, and C.T. Laurencin, Nanotechnology Approaches to Regenerative Engineering, in Biomaterials & Nanotechnology for Tissue Engineering, S. Swaminathan, S.A. Shankar, and U. Krishnan Editors, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. (2016; in press).