Treena Arinzeh, PhD
Treena Livingston Arinzeh, PhD is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Dr. Arinzeh received her B.S. from Rutgers University in Mechanical Engineering, her M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked for several years as a project manager at a stem cell technology company, Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. Dr. Arinzeh joined the faculty of NJIT as one of the founding faculty members of the department of Biomedical Engineering. Her most notable or cited work to date has been in the use of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) with bioactive ceramics to induce bone formation in a large bone defect without the use of immunosuppressive therapy. This study served the basis for FDA approval to pursue clinical trials using allogeneic MSCs for various applications. Dr. Arinzeh has been recognized with numerous awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). She was nominated by the Governor of Connecticut to the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee. She is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). She currently serves as the chairperson for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering (MTE) Study Section. She has also made a significant impact in the recruitment and mentoring of underrepresented minorities and women in biomedical engineering and the STEM fields.