About Dr. Pfister
Bryan J. Pfister, PhD, ssociate professor in the department of biomedical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology, is a specialist in neural tissue engineering. In 2007, Pfister received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation to support and expand his research into rapid axon stretch growth, a technique for regenerating damaged or diseased nerve cells.
Honors and Awards
- 2003-Present - Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research post-doctoral Fellow
- 1997-2001 - Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Graduate Student Fellowship.
- 2004 - Best Presentation Award, National Neurotrauma Society Meeting
- 2004 - Best presentation award, Annual Biomedical Postdoctoral Research Symposium, University of Pennsylvania Medical School
- 1990-1991 Sigma Tau Iota Engineering Society
- 1990 - 1990 Phalanx Commendable Leadership Award
- 1989-1990 Undergraduate Student Senate Representative
Assistant Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, 2006-present.
- Biomaterials and Biocompatibility, Undergraduate level course, BME 420, 3 credits, Fall semester Prerequisites: Physics 121, Chemistry 126, Mech 320. An introduction to the field of biomaterials. The goal of this course is to understand material selection and the limitations imposed by current materials on device performance. The first part of the course will provide an overview of the current medical devices/implants with respect to their clinical relevance. Subsequently, the structure and properties of metals, ceramics, and polymers will be discussed. Properties include mechanical behavior, thermal, and surface characteristics. The second part of the course will discuss biocompatibility and implant design. Immunological and various histological responses will be described. Material properties of hard and soft tissues, their response to implants and the material selection for such tissues will be discussed.,
- Molecular and Cellular Tissue Engineering, Graduate level course, BME 698-002 ST, 3 credits, Spring semesterThe tissues and organs of the body are comprised of cellular and extracellular components that form a harmonious environment. This course will explore molecular, cellular and tissue level interactions that are an important component of all tissue engineering strategies. We will consider how a cell moves, reacts and maintains viability and function based on it surroundings. We will discuss how to engineer our materials, tissue grafts and implants to integrate with the body. We will also learn about bodily reactions and the biocompatibility of tissue engineered devices such as immunoreactivity and blood coagulation. Furthermore, we will review clinical and engineering implications through the presentation and discussion of some peer reviewed literature.
- Engineering Aspects of Molecular and Cellular Biology (BME Seminar), BME 601, 1 credit, Fall and Spring semestersMolecular and cellular biology is a foundation of the understanding of the biological sciences and is therefore vital to the study of advanced biomedical engineering. Students in the joint NJIT/UMDNJ Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program are required to take two ‘core’ biomedical science courses at UMDNJ. This course is to be taken simultaneously with UMDNJ N551 and N552 to enrich the crossover between engineering and life sciences. Course topics parallel those covered in N551 and N552 and both add engineering relevance, and provide engineering students with a stronger understanding of molecular and cellular biology.
- Summer course in Biomedical Engineering for high school studentsTwo half day modules exposing students to cell culture and microscopic imaging of fluorescent cellular stains.
- Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar, BME791, required graduate attendance, 0 credit, Fall and Spring semestersThis is not your ordinary seminar series. Seminar attendance is mandatory for all of our full time masters, PhD students and post doctoral fellows. Our goal is to provide real world exposure to biomedical engineering in both industry and academia. Topics range from biomedical device design, product development, regulatory issues, basic science research, animal research and discussions of clinical application. In addition to the seminars, question and answer sessions are often held in the afternoon with industry speakers.
Grants and funded research
- NSF CAREER award: Engineering nervous tissue in vitro: discovering the mechanisms of rapid axon stretch growth. National Science Foundation, Jan 2008 - 2013, $424,336
- High throughput axon injury system, New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research, 04/01/07—3/31/09, $144,578
- mechanisms of extreme axon stretch growth
- axon transport and assembly
- nervous system injury and repair
- mechanisms of traumatic brain injury
- applied biomaterials and tissue engineering for spinal cord and peripheral nerve repair
- nerve-biomaterial interaction
- in-vitro and in-vivo models of nerve injury