Treena L. Arinzeh

Contact Info

Title: Professor and Director of the Graduate Program
Office: 614 Fenster Hall
Phone: 973-596-5269
Dept: Biomedical Engineering

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 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

Professional Experience

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

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

Professional Activities/Organizations


Connecticut Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee – Nominated by the Governor, January 2008-present
Pennsylvania Department of Health, Regenerative Medicine and Post-Natal Stem Cell Biology Merit Review Panel, January 2008.
Chair of Stem Cell Biomaterials Interactions Session, IEEE-EMBS (Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society), 28th Annual International Meeting, August 2006.
National Institutes of Health (NIH-NIAMS), Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering Study Section, July and October 2006
National Institutes of Health (NIH-NIBIB) Study Section, ZRG1 SBIB-N (50) R Bioengineering Research Partnerships, Dec 2005
National Institutes of Health (NIH-NINDS) Study Section, ZNS1 SRB-E Centers for Excellence in Translational Human Stem Cell Research, July 2005
National Science Foundation CAREER Review Panelist – Fall 2003 and 2004
Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation – Grant Proposal Reviewer, Fall 2005- 2007
Arthritis Research Campaign, Chesterfield, United Kingdom – Grant Proposal Reviewer, Fall 2005
American Chemical Society, Moderator for Session on Tissue Engineering, MARM 2005
Member – Biomedical Engineering Society, 2006-present
Member - Orthopaedic Research Society, 2000 - present
Member - Society for Biomaterials, 1996 – present
Reviewer for Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting, 2002, 2003
Moderator for Session on Tissue Engineering, 2002
Student Chapter President – 1997-1998
Member - American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1990 - present
Member - National Society of Black Engineers, 1990 – present
Reviewer for Biomaterials
Reviewer for Journal of Biomedical Materials Research
Reviewer for Science


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 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.​

Grants and Funded Research

 Kinetics Concept Inc., PI: Treena L. Arinzeh, Period: 9/08-9/09, Amount: $300,000.

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.

NSF PECASE – BES-0238787, PI: Treena Livingston Arinzeh, Period: 3/15/03-2/29/09, Amount: $400,000.

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).



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