David W. Grainger

David W. Grainger

David W. Grainger is the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Presidential Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Utah. Grainger received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Utah in 1987 studying blood-compatible polymers, particularly block copolymers functionalized with heparin blocks and their coatings. He then received an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to perform postdoctoral research under Prof. Helmut Ringsdorf, University of Mainz, Germany. This training initiated over 25 years of experience with various aspects of developing "materials in medicine". Grainger's research expertise is focused on improving implanted medical device performance, drug delivery of new therapeutic proteins, nucleic acids and live vaccines, nanomaterials interactions with human tissues, low-infection biomaterials, and innovating diagnostic devices based on DNA and protein biomarker capture. Additionally, he is an expert in applications of surface analytical methods to biomedical interfaces, including difficult surface patterns and nanomaterials, and perfluorinated biomaterials. Grainger has published over 130 full research papers at the interface of materials innovation in medicine and biotechnology, and novel surface chemistry. He has won research several awards, including the prestigious 2007 Clemson Award for Basic Research, Society for Biomaterials, and the 2005 American Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturer's Association's award for "Excellence in Pharmaceutics". He won a short-term visiting professorship in Tokyo from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, and a CNRS Visiting Professorship in Paris, France. He has also received several teaching awards for outstanding mentoring and teaching service, including the University of Utah 2010 Distinguished Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Mentoring Award, the US West/Qwest Faculty Education Excellence Award (Colorado State University, 2000), Colorado State University College of Natural Sciences "Undergraduate Teacher of the Year", 2000, Colorado State University Alumni Association "Teacher of the Year", 2002, and several "Favorite Faculty" Awards from CSU Undergraduate Student Associations. Grainger delivered the EU Madame Curie guest lectures at the Technical University-Aachen, Germany in 2009 and the 15th Annual Fritz Straumann lecture, AO Foundation, Davos, Switzerland, December, 2008. Grainger is an elected Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and Inducted Honorary Fellow, International Union of the Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 2008. He has organized 23 international scientific symposia including the prestigious Gordon Research Conference in Biomaterials, presented over 320 hundred invited talks all over the world. He serves on editorial boards for 4 major research journals in the biomedical materials field, reviewing over 50 manuscripts annually. He is Chair and standing member of Emerging Bioanalytical Technologies scientific review group (SRG) at NIH, past standing member on the NIH's Surgery and Bioengineering SRG, and over 20 other NIH and NSF review panels, some as chair. Additionally, he serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Univ. Wisconsin-Madison NSF MRSEC on High Performance Nanostructured Materials, the NIH P41 National Research Center at the University of Washington (NESAC/Bio) for surface analysis for biomedical problems, NSF Harvard/New Mexico NSF PREM MRSEC, and several international research foundations (AO Foundation, Davos, Switzerland, Swiss Center for Materials Competence, Zurich, the Willem S. Kolff Institute, Royal University

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University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA