Dave Grainger

George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Presidential Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Utah

Professor of Bioengineering, University of Utah

"Biological Interactions with Nanomaterials"

    David W. Grainger is the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Presidential Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Utah. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Utah in 1987, with Humboldt Fellow postdoctoral research performed under internationally recognized Prof. Helmut Ringsdorf, Univ. Mainz, Germany. With over 25 years of experience with “materials in medicine”, Grainger’s research expertise is focused on improving implanted medical device performance, drug delivery of new therapeutic proteins and live vaccines, nanomaterials interactions with human tissues, and innovating diagnostic devices based on DNA and protein biomarker capture. Additionally, he is an expert in applications of surface analytical methods to biomedical interfaces, including difficult surface patterns and nanomaterials.

    Grainger has published over 120 full research papers at the interface of materials innovation in medicine and biotechnology, and novel surface chemistry. Current areas of active research include the implant foreign body response, diagnostic materials and bioassay designs, drug delivery of siRNA, proteins and live vaccines, and anti-microbial approaches to biomaterials. He has won research several awards, including the prestigious 2007 Clemson Award for Basic Research, Society for Biomaterials, and the 2005 American Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturer’s Association’s award for “Excellence in Pharmaceutics”. He won a short-term visiting professorship in Tokyo from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, and a CNRS Visiting Professorship in Paris, France. He has also received several teaching awards for outstanding undergraduate teaching service, including the US West/Qwest Faculty Education Excellence Award (Colorado State University, 2000), Colorado State University College of Natural Sciences "Undergraduate Teacher of the Year", 2000, Top Ten Finalist, Colorado State University Alumni Association "Teacher of the Year", 2000, and several “Favorite Faculty” Awards from CSU Undergraduate Student Associations. Grainger delivered the EU Madame Curie guest lectures at the Technical University-Aachen, Germany in 2009 and the 15th Annual Fritz Straumann lecture, AO Foundation, Davos, Switzerland, December, 2008.

    Grainger is an elected Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and Inducted Honorary Fellow, International Union of the Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 2008. He has organized 21 international scientific symposia including the prestigious Gordon Research Conference in Biomaterials, presented over 130 invited symposia lectures, and several hundred other invited talks all over the world. He serves on editorial boards for 4 major research journals in the biomedical materials field, reviewing over 50 manuscripts annually. He is a standing member of Emerging Bioanalytical Technologies scientific review group (SRG) at NIH, past standing member on Surgery and Bioengineering SRG, and over 20 other NIH and NSF review panels, some as chair. Additionally, he serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Univ. Wisconsin-Madison NSF MRSEC on High Performance Nanostructured Materials, the NIH P41 National Research Center at the University of Washington (NESAC/Bio) for surface analysis for biomedical problems, NSF Harvard/New Mexico NSF PREM MRSEC, and several international research foundations (AO Foundation, Davos, Switzerland, Swiss Center for Materials Competence, Zurich, the Willem S. Kolff Institute, Royal University of Groningen, The Netherlands, the Julius Wolfe Musculoskeletal Research Institute at the Charité Research Center, Berlin, Germany, the Waseda University ASMeW Research Center, Tokyo Japan). Grainger sits on the Scientific Advisory boards for 4 biomedical companies, and actively consults internationally with industries in applications of materials in biotechnologies and medicine.