Rene Olivares-Navarrete received his Ph.D. degree in biomaterials and cell biology and his Doctor of Dental Science degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, Mexico. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, where he was also a Senior Research Scientist at the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of biomedical engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA. His research mainly focuses on the response of cells to biomaterials. This includes modifying current biomaterial surfaces to control biological outcomes in vitro and in vivo, investigating the signaling mechanisms by which biomaterial properties control cell responses, particularly applied in stem cells (embryonic, adult, and induced pluripotent), and examining the signaling pathways induced by materials that direct these cells to differentiation to specific fates. His research has been presented in international conferences in the fields of orthopedics, dentistry, tissue engineering/regeneration, and materials science. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and 3 book chapters. He acts as a referee for several international scientific journals. Dr. Olivares-Navarrete is a Member of the Society of Biomaterials, Orthopedic Research Society, International Association for Dental Research (American Division), and Biomedical Engineering Society.
Biography Updated on 12 October 2013