Cecilia Giachelli, professor and chair of UW Bioengineering
In February, the University announced the appointment of Dr. Giachelli as department chair. In her research, she applies stem cell and regenerative medicine strategies to block unwanted calcification caused by disease and biomaterials use, and to promote healing, biocompatibility and biomineralization. The new hires further her goals for the department – increasing the department’s ability to make an impact through strategic hires, innovative research and its translation to the clinic, she says.
“Our university is committed to solving the world’s greatest challenges, and the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Bioengineering exemplify this commitment,” says Ana Mari Cauce, UW interim president. “With the addition of these excellent scientists, Professor Giachelli is leading the department in advancing the UW’s mission as we seek innovations in health care for the greater good.”
Modern health care is struggling to address chronic diseases such as heart failure, diabetes, neurodegeneration, osteoarthritis and blindness. These diverse conditions share a common principal – the body is missing a critical population of cells. Stem cells offer the building blocks to repair the body when combined with the ability to engineer cell environments.
In addition to strengths in stem cell biology and tissue engineered systems, the incoming faculty members each bring specialized skills to enhance engineered tissue function.