Laurencin, Cato

Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
University Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Orthopaedic Surgery (Medical School)
Reconstructive Sciences (Dental School)
Research Interests:
Repair and regeneration of shoulder and knee tissue, musculoskeletal regeneration, Biomaterials, tissue engineering, nanotechnology, and stem cell technology
Orthopaedic Surgery UConn Musculoskeletal Institute
UConn Health Center 263 Farmington Avenue Farmington, CT 06030
Office Phone:  860-679-6600
BS Princeton University
MD Harvard Medical School
PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Summary:

Dr. Laurencin’s research involves tissue engineering, biomaterials science, nanotechnology and stem cell science and a new field he terms, regenerative engineering. He is an International Fellow in Biomaterials Science and Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. His work was honored by Scientific American Magazine as one of the 50 greatest achievements in science in 2007. Dr. Laurencin was named the 2009 winner of the Pierre Galletti Award, Medical and Institute of Chemical Engineers at its centennial celebration. Dr. Laurencin is active in technology development. In 2012 his work in musculoskeletal tissue regeneration was featured in National Geographic Magazine’s “100 Discoveries that Changed Our World” edition. In addition, he received the Technology, Innovation and Development Award from the Society for Biomaterials in 2013 for key scientific and technical innovation and leadership in translational research. More information about current projects can be found at:

Selected Publications:

  1. Simple signaling molecules for inductive bone regenerative engineering.Cushnie, Emily K; Ulery, Bret D; Nelson, Stephen J; Deng, Meng; Sethuraman, Swaminathan; Doty, Stephen B; Lo, Kevin W H; Khan, Yusuf M; Laurencin, Cato T. (2014). PloS one, 7, (9), e101627.
  2. Functionalized carbon nanotube reinforced scaffolds for bone regenerative engineering: fabrication, in vitro and in vivo evaluation.Mikael, Paiyz E; Amini, Ami R; Basu, Joysurya; Josefina Arellano-Jimenez, M; Laurencin, Cato T; Sanders, Mary M; Barry Carter, C; Nukavarapu, Syam P. (2014). Biomedical materials (Bristol, England), 3, (9), 035001.
  3. Delivery of small molecules for bone regenerative engineering: preclinical studies and potential clinical applications.Laurencin, Cato T; Ashe, Keshia M; Henry, Nicole; Kan, Ho Man; Lo, Kevin W-H. (2014). Drug discovery today, 6, (19), 794-800.
  4. Small-molecule based musculoskeletal regenerative engineering.Lo, Kevin W-H; Jiang, Tao; Gagnon, Keith A; Nelson, Clarke; Laurencin, Cato T. (2014). Trends in biotechnology, 2, (32), 74-81.
  5. Facile fabrication of polyanhydride/anesthetic nanoparticles with tunable release kinetics.Ulery, Bret D; Kan, Ho-Man; Williams, Bryce A; Narasimhan, Balaji; Lo, Kevin W-H; Nair, Lakshmi S; Laurencin, Cato T. (2013). Advanced healthcare materials, 6, (3), 843-7.