Christine E. Schmidt

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B.S. ChE 1988
Professor of Materials Engineering in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering

Christine E. Schmidt is the B.F. Goodrich Endowed Professor of Materials Engineering in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Christine received her B.S. degree in chemical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She conducted postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow, joining The University of Texas at Austin faculty in 1996.

Christine's research is focused on developing new biomaterials and biomaterial composites that can stimulate and guide appropriate healing of tissues. Her research has been licensed and utilized in AxoGen Inc.'s AVANCE™ nerve graft, which has impacted more than 3,000 patients with peripheral nerve injuries. Christine's research may also indirectly impact patients with spinal cord injuries, and her research group has engineered materials that are currently being developed as films that can be used after surgeries to prevent unwanted postoperative adhesions. A startup company has been formed to commercialize these materials. In addition, Christine and her team are developing vascularized tissue healing "patches," which could be used to aid the regrowth and healing of a number of tissue types. She has four patents, with a number of others pending.

Christine is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Society and serves on numerous external advisory boards as well as on the editorial boards for several scientific journals.

Christine has received numerous awards for her research and teaching contributions, including the CAREER Award and the American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. She has also received the Cockrell School's Outstanding Engineering Teaching award and, mostly recently, the university's ING Professor of Excellence Award. Christine and her husband, John, have three children.

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