Guillermo Ameer Professor Guillermo Ameer, a native of Panama City, Panama, received his bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his doctor of science degree in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Northwestern University in 2001 and is currently a professor of Biomedical Engineering. Moreover, he has been appointed professor in the Department of Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Ameer's research interests include biomaterials, regenerative engineering (vascular, bone, ligament, tendon, pancreas, bladder, and skin), controlled drug and gene delivery, and bio/nanotechnology for improved therapies and diagnostics. He has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal publications and conference abstracts, several book chapters, and multiple patents issued and pending (>35). Moreover, he is (Co-)Founder of 3 companies: ProSorp Biotech, VesselTek Biomedical and Citrics Biomedical. He also is a member of the scientific advisory board of Acuitive Technologies, Inc. and a member of the board of the Biomedical Engineering Society. He has served on several scientific review committees for funding research at the state and federal levels. Dr. Ameer served as a permanent member of the Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering study section of the National Institutes of Health. To accomplish his research goals, Dr. Ameer has assembled a team of collaborators, which include: Dr. Melina Kibbe, Professor of Surgery (Vascular) and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of North Carolina; Dr. Jason Koh, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Chair of the Department of Orthopedic surgery at Evanston Hospital, Northshore University Health System; Dr. Seon Kyu Lee, Associate Professor of Radiology, Surgery, and Neurology, The University of Chicago Medicine; Dr. Robert Galiano, Associate Professor of Surgery (Plastic), Feinberg School of Medicine; Dr. Russell Reid, Associate Professor of Surgery (Craniofacial), The University of Chicago Medicine; Dr. Earl Cheng , Professor of Urology and Chair of Pediatric Urology, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Dr. Xunrong Luo, Professor of Medicine and Surgery, Director of the Center for Kidney Research and Therapeutics; Prof. Vadim Backman, Biomedical Engineering Department at Northwestern University; Prof. Hao Zhang, Biomedical Engineering Department at Northwestern University; Professor Thomas Meade, Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University and Prof. Milan Mrksich, Biomedical Engineering Department at Northwestern University.