J. Peter Rubin
Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery, UPMC Endowed Professor of Plastic Surgery, and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Rubin (MD) is an internationally recognized expert in the science of adipose stem cells and fat grafting. He serves as co-director of the Adipose Stem Cell Center and is founder and director of the Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rubin is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers early in their research careers.
In addition to his scientific expertise, Dr. Rubin is an internationally recognized expert in aesthetic surgery, breast surgery, and body contouring surgery. He is one of the most sought-after speakers at national and international plastic surgery meetings, has published numerous articles in the scientific literature on aesthetic surgery, and has served as editor for five textbooks. He holds multiple leadership roles in plastic surgery professional societies, including his current role as vice President of the American Society of plastic surgeons.
Dr. Rubin earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Grinnell College and his M.D. degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at Boston University/Boston City Hospital, and completed a residency in plastic surgery at Harvard Medical School.
R. Rox Anderson
Director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine and Professor at Harvard Medical School
Dr. Anderson (MD) graduated from MIT, and then received his MD degree magna cum laude from the joint MIT-Harvard medical program, Health Sciences and Technology. After completing his dermatology residency and an NIH research fellowship at Harvard, he joined the faculty where he is now Harvard Medical School Professor in dermatology, Director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine; and adjunct Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at MIT. Dr. Anderson conceived and developed many of the non-scarring laser treatments now widely used in medical care. These include treatments for birthmarks, microvascular and pigmented lesions, tattoo and permanent hair removal. He has also contributed to treatment for vocal cords, kidney stones, glaucoma, heart disease, photodynamic therapy for cancer and acne, optical diagnostics and non-invasive fat removal. He co-invented fractional laser treatment, which is useful for improving burn scars, and recently developed a new strategy for epidermal grafting of wounds. His research has advanced the basic knowledge of human skin photobiology, drug photosensitization mechanisms, tissue optics, and laser-tissue interactions. In addition to research at the Wellman Center, Dr. Anderson practices dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital and teaches at Harvard and MIT. Active research includes diagnostic tissue imaging and spectroscopy, photodynamic therapy, mechanisms of selective laser-tissue interactions, adipose tissue biology and novel therapy for skin disorders. Dr. Anderson has been awarded over 60 national and international patents, and has co-authored over 250 scientific books and papers.
PROFESSOR OF ENGINEERING and chair of the department of biomedical engineering AT TUFTS UNIVERSITY
Dr. Kaplan (PhD) is the Stern Family Endowed Professor of Engineering at Tufts University and a Distinguished University Professor. He is Professor & Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His research focus is on biopolymer engineering to understand structure-function relationships, with emphasis on studies related to self-assembly, biomaterials engineering and regenerative medicine. Since 2004 he has directed the US National Institutes of Health P41 Tissue Engineering Resource Center (TERC) that involves Tufts University and Columbia University. He has published over 700 peer reviewed papers and his lab has pioneered the study of silk-based biomaterials in regenerative medicine. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering and serves on many other editorial boards and programs for journals and universities. He has received numerous awards for teaching and research.
ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR RESEARCH for the SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING and professor of engineering AT TUFTS UNIVERSITY
Dr. Omenetto (PhD) is the Associate Dean for Research for the School of Engineering and Professor in the department of biomedical engineering at Tufts University. He is a world expert in silk technologies and is the author of over 70 patents. His interdisciplinary research has resulted in over 100 publications and peer-review contributions across various disciplines. Dr. Omenetto was named one of the top-50 people in tech by Fortune magazine in a class of 50 featuring Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Shigeru Miyamoto among others