Treena L. Arinzeh

Contact Info

Title: Professor
Email: Treena.Arinzeh@njit.edu
Office: 614 Fenster Hall
Phone: 973-596-5269
Dept: Biomedical Engineering
Webpage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O18661XVomA
About: 

About Dr. Arinzeh

Treena Livingston Arinzeh, PhD, professor of biomedical engineering at NJIT, has earned national recognition for her commitment to making adult stem cell therapy a future reality. Her research interests are in stem cell tissue engineering and applied biomaterials, with a focus in the development of functional biomaterials that can accelerate repair utilizing stem cells and other cell types. She develops biomaterial strategies for the repair of bone, cartilage and other related musculoskeletal tissues. Her research interests also include nerve tissue regeneration, specifically spinal cord.

In fall 2004, President Bush awarded Arinzeh the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest national honor that a young researcher can receive.  In 2003, the National Science Foundation also gave Arinzeh its highest honor--a Faculty Early Career Development award that included a $400,000 research grant.

Arinzeh’s most cited work to date, in a paper in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, demonstrated that adult stem cells taken from one person could be implanted in another without being rejected. It was among the most significant findings in stem cell research in the past few years.

Education

PhD in Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1999
MSE in Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1994
BS in Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University, 1992

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, 2011-present
  • Director of the Graduate Program, Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, 2012-2016
  • Associate Professor (with Tenure), Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 2006 –2011
  • Interim Chairperson, Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, 2009 (one year)
  • Consultant for various biomedical companies, 2006 - present
  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, 2001 – 2006
  • Associate Faculty Member of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, Piscataway and Newark, NJ, 2001-2006
  • Consultant, Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., Baltimore, MD, 2001-2002
  • Senior Development Engineer, Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., Baltimore, MD, 2000-2001
  • Development Engineer II/Project Leader, Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1999-2000
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1994-1999
  • Teaching Assistant, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1994-1995
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Bioengineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 1992-1994
  • Process Engineering, Merck & Company, Sterile Operations, West Point, PA Summer 1993          
  • Mechanical Engineer, Merck & Company, Sterile Operations, West Point, PA Summer 1992
  • Summer Intern, Summer Undergraduate Program for Engineering Research at Berkeley (SUPERB), University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA Summer 1991
  • Mechanical Engineer, G. E. Astro Space, Freehold, NJ Summer 1990

Honors and Achievements

  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Fellow, 2017
  • Thomas Edison Patent Award, R&D Council of NJ, 2017
  • 2016 Technology Rising Star Award, 21st Women of Color STEM Conference
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Workshop on Biomaterials, Invited Attendee, 2016.
  • 12th Annual National Academies Keck Futures Initiative - Collective Behavior: From Cells to Societies. Invited Attendee, 2014
  • New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Award – 2013
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology Excellence in Research Prize and Medal - 2013
  • Global Grand Challenges Meeting (National Academy of Engineering) Invited Attendee, 2013
  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow, 2013
  • Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) – Educational Leadership Award, 2013
  • Coulter Foundation Translational Award - Phase II, 2011
  • Coulter Foundation Translational Award - Phase I, 2010
  • The Grio’s Top 100 (msnbc.com) - 2009
  • Connecticut Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee (nominated by the Governor of Connecticut), Member, 2008-2014
  • 40 Under 40 to Watch in 2008, Black Enterprise magazine, 2007
  • National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Program Committee, 2006
  • National Academy of Engineering, 2005 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, Invited Attendee
  • 2005 Standout Scholar, Black Issues in Higher Education
  • People to Watch in 2005, The Star Ledger - 2005
  • Outstanding Scientist Award from the NJ Association for Biomedical Research - 2004
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) - 2003
  • National Science Foundation Early CAREER Development Award - 2003
  • Solomon R. Pollock Research Award, University of Pennsylvania – 1999

 

Website

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O18661XVomA
Teaching: 

Courses Taught

Didactic Instructor and Developed Courses:
Biomaterials and Biocompatibility, Undergraduate level course, BME-420, 3 credits (Spring 2002- Fall 2005)
Principles of Tissue Engineering, Graduate level course, BME-651, 3 credits (Fall 2002-present)
Tissue Engineering, Undergraduate Level Course, BME-430, 3 credits (Fall 2005 – present) 
 
Lecturer in the following courses:
Stem Cell Biology, Graduate Level. Lecture on Adult Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering Applications, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Fall 2004 – present
Biomaterials, Graduate Level. Lecture on Tissue Engineering (Fall 2001-2003)
Mechanical Foundations of Biomedical Engineering, Undergraduate Level. Lectures on Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (Fall 2001- 2002)
Foundations in Biomedical Engineering, Graduate Level. Lecture on Conducting Preclinical/Animal Studies
Research: 

Research Interests

Tissue engineering, cell-biomaterial interaction, biomaterials processing, surface characterization and modification of biomaterials, materials testing, stem cell therapy, tissue-engineering scaffolds and biomaterials for the repair of bone and other related musculoskeletal tissue, nerve tissue regeneration utilizing stem cells and other cell types.​

Publications: 

Publications

See full list of publications in Google Scholar:    https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=OdicdbYAAAAJ&hl=en