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Professor Christopher Bettinger

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Wean Hall 4315
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

Phone: (412) 268-7677

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Prof. Christopher Bettinger is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. Prof. Bettinger received an S.B. in Chemical Engineering in 2003, an M.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2008 as a Charles Stark Draper Fellow, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the Department of Chemical Engineering as an NIH Ruth Kirschstein Fellow in 2010. He has received many honors including the MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering Award for “Outstanding PhD Thesis”, the ACS AkzoNobel Award for Polymer Chemistry, and the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society Young Investigator Award. Prof. Bettinger is also a co-inventor on several patents and was a finalist in the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.

Research Interests

The Laboratory for Therapeutic Biodegradable Microsystems is broadly interested in the development of biomaterials-based MEMS for use in a wide range of biomedical applications including regenerative medicine, neural interfaces, and drug delivery. We use interdisciplinary strategies to develop next generation medical implants that combine extraordinary properties of biodegradability and biocompatibility with unique mechanical properties and electronic functionality.

Our laboratory is currently focused on several specific thrusts including: BioMEMS for tissue regeneration, biodegradable electronic devices, biomimetic tissue-device interfaces, non-conventional microfabrication of biomaterials, rational biomaterials synthesis, and quantitative elucidation of biodegradation phenomena.

Recent Publications

Bettinger CJ, Bao Z. Organic Thin-Film Transistors Fabricated on Resorbable Biomaterial Substrates. Adv Mater. 2010;22(5):651-5.

Bettinger CJ, Zhang Z, Gerecht S, Borenstein JT, Langer R. Enhancement of In Vitro Capillary Tube Formation by Substrate Nanotopography. Adv Mater. 2008;20(1):99-103.

Bettinger CJ, Bruggeman JP, Borenstein JT, Langer RS. Amino alcohol-based degradable poly(ester amide) elastomers. Biomaterials. 2008;29(15):2315-25.

Bettinger CJ, Cyr KM, Matsumoto A, Langer R, Borenstein JT, Kaplan DL. Silk Fibroin Microfluidic Devices. Adv Mater. 2007;19(19):2847-50.

Bettinger CJ, Weinberg EJ, Kulig KM, Vacanti JP, Wang Y, Borenstein JT, et al. Three-Dimensional Microfluidic Tissue-Engineering Scaffolds Using a Flexible Biodegradable Polymer. Adv Mater. 2006;18(2):165-9.

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