Aleksander Skardal, BSc, PhD

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, USA

Aleksander Skardal is an Assistant Professor at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine with additional appointments in the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences and the Department of Cancer Biology, and is a member of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical. Dr. Skardal received his B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Utah, where his work was focused on developing new hydrogel materials for bioprinting and other tissue biofabrication methods. He joined the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2010 initially focusing on the application of hydrogel biomaterials for wound healing cell therapies and fabrication of environments for modulating stem and primary cell viability and function in vitro. His current research continues to apply hydrogel biomaterials within the framework of several areas including: biofabrication of microtissue organ-on-a-chip systems, integrated multi-tissue “Body-on-a-Chip” systems, host tissue organoids for in vitro modeling of metastasis phenomena and mechanisms, patient-specific tumor-on-a-chip models for personalized medicine, bio-ink design and bioprinting, and hydrogels for wound healing therapies.