Spinoza Lecture by prof Kevin Kit Parker: Building Hearts & Heart Parts
The Organization Committee of the SPINOZA CHAIR, set up by the Amsterdam University Association on behalf of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam, has awarded the SPINOZA CHAIR to Professor Kevin Kit Parker, September 12, 2017
Kit Parker is an authority in cardiovascular cell and tissue engineering, in vitro models of traumatic brain injury, biomaterials, and biological applications of micro- and nanotechnologies. His projects cover the creation of organs-on-chips and the development of nanofabrics for applications in tissue regeneration. His interdisciplinary team focusses on how extracellular matrix and cytoskeletal architecture potentiate and modulate the activation of mechanochemical and mechanoelectrical signaling pathways and genetic programs in cardiac, neural, and vascular smooth muscle cells and tissues.
Kit Parker is Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics and director of the Disease Biophysics Group at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Harvard University, core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, and Professor of Applied Mathematics at the United States Military Academy, West Point NY.