Mark W. Grinstaff, PhD

Boston University


Mark W. Grinstaff is the Distinguished Professor of Translational Research and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, and Medicine at Boston University. He is also the Director of BU’s Nanotechnology Innovation Center, the Director of the NIH T32 Biomaterials Program, and the Associate Director for Engineering and Science at the BU Cancer Center. Mark's awards include the ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award, NSF Career Award, Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and the Edward M. Kennedy Award for Health Care Innovation. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Academy of Nanomedicine, and the Royal Chemical Society, and a Founding Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Over the course of his tenure, Grinstaff’s groundbreaking research has yielded more than 275 peer-reviewed publications, more than 200 patents and patent applications, and more than 300 oral presentations. His students and postdoctoral fellows have given more than 400 poster and 150 oral presentations at national and international conferences. He is a co-founder of five companies and his innovative ideas and his efforts have also led to one new FDA approved pharmaceutical (AbraxaneTM) and four medical device products (OcuSeal® and Adherus Surgical Sealants®) that improve clinical care for millions of people. His current research activities involve the synthesis of new macromolecules and biomaterials, self-assembly chemistry, imaging contrast agents, drug delivery, and wound repair.