Mark Grinstaff, Ph.D.

Professor (Chemistry, MSE, BME)

Professor (Chemistry, MSE, BME)

  • Primary Appointment Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Education B.A., Occidental College, 1987
    Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992
  • Additional Affiliations Division of Materials Science & Engineering
  • Honors and Awards Ignition Award, 2018
    Fellow, Royal Chemical Society, 2016
    Fellow, National Academy of Inventors, 2012
    Kern Faculty Fellow, 2012
    Stevenson Biomaterials Lecturer, Syracuse Biomaterials Institute, Syracuse University, 2011
    Boston University Innovator of the Year, 2010
    Elected to the College of Fellows, American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering, 2010
    Professeur Invité and Certificat sur Honneur, Université de Bordeaux (Bordeaux II), 2010
    COE Distinguished Faculty Fellow (5-year Endowed Fellowship), 2009
    Edward M. Kennedy Award for Health Care Innovation, 2008
    Professeurr Invité and Certificat sur Honneur, Université de la Maditerranée (Aix-Marseille II), 2007
    Fellow, American Academy of Nanomedicine, 2006
    Johnson and Johnson Focused Giving Grant Recipient, 2001
    3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 2001
    Member, Materials Research Society & Society for Biomaterials, 2001
    Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2000
    Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, 2000
    Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, 1999
    NSF CAREER Award, 1999
    Whitaker Foundation Grant Recipient, 1998
    ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award, 1994
    NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1993
    T.S. Piper Award for Outstanding Inorganic Research, 1991
    The ACS Fellowship of the Colloid & Surface Division (Sponsored by Procter & Gamble), 1990
    University of Illinois Chemistry Department Fellowship, 1989
    Member, American Chemical Society, 1985
  • Areas of Interest Polymers, biomaterials, nanomaterials, wound repair, tissue engineering.
  • Research Areas The Grinstaff Group pursues highly interdisciplinary research in the areas of biological and macromolecular chemistry. The major goal in these research projects is to elucidate the underlying fundamental chemistry and engineering principles and to use that insight to direct our creative and scientific efforts.

    We are designing, synthesizing, and characterizing novel dendrimers, termed “biodendrimers,” for tissue engineering and biotechnological applications. Currently, we are evaluating these novel biomaterials for the repair of corneal lacerations, for the delivery of anti-cancer drugs, for the delivery of DNA, and as temporary biodegradable scaffolds for cartilage repair.
    We are creating novel polymeric coatings termed “interfacial biomaterials” that control biology on plastic, metal, and ceramic surfaces.
    We are designing electrochemical-based sensors/devices using conducting polymer nanostructures and specific DNA structural motifs.


Affiliation: Primary & Affiliated Faculty (BME), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (MSE), Primary Faculty (MSE)