speaker header

Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD

Institute for Regenerative Engineering, University of Connecticut


Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD


Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Connecticut. For his outstanding achievements in medicine, engineering and science, and for his distinguished service to the university, UCONN named him a University Professor. He is the 8th in UCONN's 130 year history. |Dr. Laurencin earned his B.S.E. in chemical engineering from Princeton University and his M.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the Harvard Medical School. He simultaneously earned his Ph.D. in biochemical engineering/biotechnology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.|Dr. Laurencin is an international leader in biomaterials science, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, orthopaedic surgery, and the new field called Regenerative Engineering. |Dr. Laurencin invented the L-C Ligament. The bioengineered ligament he invented is now in human clinical trials sponsored by Soft Tissue Regeneration Inc., a Connecticut company he founded. In 2012, his work in developing this revolutionary technology was highlighted by National Geographic Magazine in its edition, 100 Scientific Discoveries that Changed the World. Dr. Laurencin has also developed novel science and technologies related to bone repair and regeneration. His work on polymers and ceramics has inspired products ranging from bone grafts to biointerference screws. For his contributions, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers named him one of the 100 Engineers of the Modern Era at its centennial celebration in 2009.|Dr. Laurencin is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the, Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. He is also an elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and received the Percy Julian Medal from the National Association of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChe). |Dr. Laurencin has developed a generation of scientists and engineers as a mentor. He has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama in ceremonies at the White House, the Beckman Award for Mentoring, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Mentor Award in recognition of his tremendous efforts. |Dr. Laurencin's work is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation which has endowed his center. Most recently, Dr. Laurencin received the NIH Director's Pioneer Award for support of his work in Regenerative Engineering.