Alan J. Russell, PhD

Alan J. Russell, Ph.D.

Highmark Distinguished Career Professor,
Director, Disruptive Health Technology Institute,
Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Alan Russell (Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry, 1987, Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London) is the Highmark Distinguished Career Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and Director of CMU’s Disruptive Health Technology Institute. Alan holds appointments in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering, and together with Professor Kris Matyjaszewski he directs the Center for Polymer Based Protein Engineering. He has founded five biotechnology companies and serves on the Board of three others.

Prior to joining CMU, Dr. Russell was the Founding Director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, serving in that capacity from 2001-2011. He was also the Founding President of the now 5,000+ member Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS). Alan has also served as Chair of the College of Fellows for the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Dr. Russell served on the Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration and recently Chaired the scientific review sub-committee for the Center for Devices and Radiologic Health. He has also served many scientific roles for the Department of Defense, including being a member of the Defense Health Board and the founding Co-Director of the Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

For the last 25 years, Alan’s laboratory has been discovering what can be achieved by exploiting the rich interface of chemistry, biology and materials. Their work has impacted fields as diverse as chemical and polymer synthesis to tissue engineering and homeland defense.

Within the scientific community, Dr. Russell has participated on dozens of advisory boards and has received significant awards for his contributions to research, teaching and public service. These awards include R&D 100 Award – 2000 (R&D Magazine), three Carnegie Science Center Awards for Excellence – 2000 to 2006, sixteen consecutive appearances in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering – 1992 through present, the Gilbreth lectureship from the National Academy of Engineering – 2004, and the Cockroft Rutherford lectureship from the University of Manchester – 2007, the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Manchester – 2008, #32 in Rolling Stone's “Top 100 People who will change America” – 2009, the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Pittsburgh Award – 2010, and the Ladies Hospital Aid Society Doctor of Distinction Award – 2011. In 2013 Dr. Russell was awarded the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award by TERMIS and in 2014 the President’s Award from the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania.

Alan has given more than 400 national and international invited lectures. He is also the author of over 175 articles in refereed journals, one book, and 10 book chapters and holds dozens of patents.

Dr. Alan Russell
Highmark Distinguished Career Professor
Carnegie Mellon University
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