Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Wagner is director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and distinguished professor of surgery, chemical engineering, and bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He serves as chief science officer for the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine. He holds a bachelor’s degree (Johns Hopkins University) and doctorate (University of Texas) in chemical engineering. He is founding editor and editor-in-chief of the leading biomaterials journal, Acta Biomaterialia. He is past-president of American Society for Artificial Internal Organs and past chairman of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) Americas region. He is fellow and former vice president of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and has been elected fellow of Biomedical Engineering Society, International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering, TERMIS, and American Heart Association. In 2006 he was selected for “Scientific American 50”, the magazine’s annual list recognizing leaders in science and technology from the research, business and policy fields. His research has generated numerous patents (36 issued to date) and patent filings that have resulted in licensing activity and the formation of two companies. Transfer of his group’s intellectual property has been recognized with University of Pittsburgh Innovator Awards in 2007-2010, 2014, 2017, and 2018. Some of his awards include Society for Biomaterials Clemson Award for Applied Research, Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award from University of Pittsburgh, and Senior Investigator Award from TERMIS-Americas. In 2017 he was inducted as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and in 2018 he was named Inventor of the Year by the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association. In 2019 he was promoted to the rank of distinguished professor. In 2020, the fourth edition of the bestselling biomaterials textbook, Biomaterials Science, was published, with Dr. Wagner taking over the lead editor role in partnership with a new generation editorial team. He was named by the Pittsburgh Business Times to its “Power 100” list (people who have defined and are redefining the region, and who are leading and shaping their industries). In 2021 Dr. Wagner received the Founder’s Award from the Society for Biomaterials. Dr. Wagner’s research interests are in cardiovascular engineering with projects addressing medical device biocompatibility and design, biomaterial development, and tissue engineering.