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Cato T. Laurencin

Dr. Cato LaurencinCato 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; Director, The Institute for Regenerative Engineering; Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

UConn Health Center
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



  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Mentor Award, 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

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Current Publications

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).

Laurencin CT, Nair LS. Regenerative Engineering. Approaches to Limb regeneration and other grand challenges. Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine, 1: 1-3 (2015)

Jiang T, Carbone EJ, Lo WH, Laurencin CT. Electrospinning of polymer nanofibers for tissue regeneration. Progress in Polymer Science 46: 1-24 (2015).

R. Kasir, V.N. Vernekar, and C.T. Laurencin, Regenerative Engineering of Cartilage Using Adipose Derived Stem Cells, Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine, 1, 42-49 (2015).

James, R; Laurencin, CT. Regenerative engineering and bionic limbs. Rare Metals Feb; 34(3): 143-155 (2015).

Bagshaw, K.I., Hanenbaum, C.I., Carbone, E.J., Lo, K. Laurencin, C.T., Walker, J., and Nair, L.S.: Pain management via local anaesthetics and responsive hydrogels. Ther. Deliv, 6, 165-176, (2015).