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 include applied biomaterials and tissue engineering; cell-biomaterial interaction; materials processing; surface characterization and modification of biomaterials; materials testing; in vivo models; tissue-engineering scaffolds for repair of bone and other related musculoskeletal tissues; and nerve tissue regeneration utilizing stem cells. 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 has already made two stem-cell breakthroughs. Several years ago, her paper in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research documented the first of these discoveries. The paper focused on her work with biomaterials known as scaffolds--specifically, calcium phosphates--that act as a framework for growing stem cells and which can prompt them to become the cellular building material of bone or other tissues. Her second discovery, which she described in a paper for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, was 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.
PhD in Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
MSE in Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
BS in Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University
Professor, Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, September 2011 - present.
Associate Professor (with Tenure), Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, September 2006 – August 2011
Consultant for various biomedical companies, 2006 - present
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, September 2001 – September 2006
Associate Faculty Member of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, Piscataway and Newark, NJ, September 2001 -- present
Consultant, Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., Baltimore, MD, September 2001 -- March 2002
Senior Development Engineer, Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., Baltimore, MD, 2000 -- September 2001
Development Engineer II/Project Leader, Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., Baltimore, MD, May 1999 -- 2000
Graduate Research Assistant, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1994 -- 1999
Teaching Assistant, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1994 -- 1995
NJ Commission on Spinal Cord Research, PI: Treena L. Arinzeh, Period: 12/15/05-12/31/09, Amount: $686,461.
NJ Commission on Spinal Cord Research – Graduate Student Fellowship, PI: Treena L. Arinzeh, Period: 1/2008-12/31/09, Amount: $60,000.
National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI): PI: Jeff Schwartz, Co-PIs: Treena L. Arinzeh, Boyd Evans, Jennifer Elisseeff, Joerg Lahann, Judy Stein, Roger Narayan, Sarah Heilshorn., Period: 3/01/2007-2/01/09, Amount: $75,000.
NJ Commission on Science and Technology – Stem Cell Grant Program, PI: Treena L. Arinzeh, Period: 12/15/05-12/31/08, Amount: $300,000.
Osteotech, Inc. PI: Treena L. Arinzeh, Period: 6/2007-6/2008, Amount: $25,000.
Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), PI: Treena L. Arinzeh, Co-PI: Sheldon Lin, Period: 1/01/05-6/01/06, Amount: $100,000.
UMDNJ Foundation, PI: Louis Rizio, Co-Investigators: T. Arinzeh, M. Jaffe, Period: 11/01/04-11/01/05, Amount: $25,000.
National Institutes of Health – Minority Graduate Student Fellowship/Supplement, PI: Joachim Kohn, Co-PI: T. Arinzeh, Period: 6/05-5/06, Amount: $40,000.
NJ Center for Biomaterials – Faculty Award, PI: Treena Livingston Arinzeh, Period: 4/01/03, Amount: $7,500.
New Jersey Institute of Technology – SBR, PI: Treena Livingston Arinzeh, Period: 9/01/01 – 6/01/03, Amount: $50,000.
U.S. Provisional Patent Application, 61/039,214: Electrospun electroactive polymer for regenerative medicine applications, Principal Inventor: T. Arinzeh, Co-inventors: N. Weber and M. Jaffe. 3/2008.
U.S. Provisional Patent Application, 60/944,587: Electrospun ceramic-polymer polymer composite as a scaffold for tissue repair, Inventor: T. Arinzeh. 6/2007.
U.S. Patent Application, 11/291,701: Substrate Recognition by Differentiable Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Principal Inventor: T. Arinzeh, Co-inventors: S. Shanmugasundaram and M. Jaffe (Nonprovisional U.S. utility application under review as of 12/2005).