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Thomas Boland, PhD

University of Texas at El Paso


Thomas Boland, PhD


Thomas Boland is a Professor in the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. He also serves as the director of UTEP's Biomedical Engineering Programs. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Ecole Nationale Suprieure d'Ingenieurs de Genie Chimique in Toulouse, France in 1990, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA in 1995. In 1994, he was a finalist for the Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award. Following his Ph.D., he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Materials Science at the Pennsylvania State University from 1995-1997, and at the Naval Research Laboratory from 1997-1999. In 1999, he joined Clemson University as Assistant Professor, where he received tenure in 2005. He holds an adjunct appointment as Professor at the Texas Tech University Foster School of Medicine. Prior to heading up the UTEP BME program, Thomas was the Director of a NSF/NIH funded Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institute, whose primary mission is to introduce senior undergraduate and junior graduate students with science and engineering backgrounds to the interdisciplinary research projects in the bioengineering and bioinformatics areas. Thomas' research interests are applying engineering principles to automate, predict and build three dimensional structures with that show biological function. Recently he conducted research to conduct to assess whether printed adipose tissues integrate with the host better than conventionally grown. Specifically, he is constructing adipose grafts using a bioprinter and measure anastamoses in vitro. This research will be the first step in collecting preclinical data supporting bioprinting applications for medical products. He is the inventor of bioprinting, or live-cell tissue printing, and has been the founder of this field of research. He has received over $5.5M in research funding for his work. He has received numerous awards and was featured on CNN and the Discovery Channel for his ground breaking innovations using inkjet printers to assemble cells and biomaterials into viable and functioning structures. He is the author of more than 55 publications, including 3 invited reviews and chapters, and he has delivered more than 25 invited presentations. He is a member of the AVS, MRS, the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) and the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS).