The Mid-Career Researcher Award recognizes exceptional achievements in materials research made by mid-career professionals.

David Mooney, Harvard University
Biomaterials for Mechanoregeneration

“for pioneering contributions to the field of biomaterials, especially in the incorporation of biological design principles into materials and the use of biomaterials in mechanobiology, tissue engineering and therapeutics”

Mechanical cues regulate many aspects of biology, and we are developing materials capable of providing defined mechanical input to cells and tissues. Relevant signals include both resistance to cell intrinsic mechanical forces and application of extrinsic forces. These biomaterials can enhance the effectiveness of stem cell therapies, directly support and regenerate damaged tissues, and have led to bioinspired new medical adhesives with unprecedented properties.

About David Mooney

David Mooney is the Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a Core Faculty Member of the Wyss Institute. His laboratory designs biomaterials to make cell and protein therapies effective and practical approaches to treat disease. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Inventors. He has won numerous awards, including the Clemson Award from the Society for Biomaterials (SFB), MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard College. Mooney's inventions have been licensed by numerous companies, leading to commercialized products, and he is active on industrial scientific advisory boards.