Nick Willett Ph.D.

Education

  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 2010
  • Postdoctoral, Bioengineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 2010 – 2013

Publications

Honors and Awards

  • Gandy Diaz Teaching Fellowship – Georgia Institute of Technology, Spring 2014
  • F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship – National Institute of Health, 2011-2013
  • Young Investigator Award – American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, July 2012
  • Travel Award – Hilton Head Workshop on Regenerative Medicine, March 2011
  • First Place in the PhD Podium Presentation Competition – American Society of Mechanical Engineering Summer Bioengineering Conference, 2005-2009
  • Predoctoral Fellowship – American Heart Association Southeast Division, 2007-2009
  • Best Presentation at the Frontiers in Graduate Pharmacology Research Symposium – Emory University, May 2008
  • Best Oral Presentation, Principles of Excellence in Nanotechnology Conference – University of California Santa Barbara, October 2007
  • Honorable Mention in the Discovery Learning Center Research Symposium – University of Colorado, December 2004
  • First Place in the Discovery Learning Research Symposium – University of Colorado, May 2004
  • Giroux Engineering Scholarship – University of Colorado, 2002-2003

Dr. Dean was voted one of the Top Doctors in Florida in 2001 by his peers and has been in practice for over 20 years. He is known for his ability to simplify conditions and treatments from confusing medical jargon for his patients.

Research Focus

  • Tissue level systems integration for musculoskeletal disease and regenerative engineering.

Current Research

    • 2012-2014 – (role: Coauthor) “IL-1Ra-Tethered Nanoparticles to Treat Joint Inflammation and OA,” Innovative Research Grant, Arthritis Foundation
    • 2013 – (role: Co-Investigator) “Biomechanics and Biocompataibility of Porous Poly(para-phenylenes) Scaffolds,” Contract Work for Prof. CM Yakacki, University of Colorado
    • 2014-2017 – (role: Co-investigator) “Collaborative Research: Integration of Implantable MEMS Sensors and Computational Modeling to Assess Mechanical Regulation of Bone Regeneration.” National Science Foundation
    • 2014-2015 – (role: PI) “An Early Warning System for Non-Union of Pediatric Bone Fusion Devices.” Center for Pediatric Innovation, Emory + Children’s Pediatric Research Center

Completed Research

    • 2011-2013 – (role: PI) “Limb Restoration Using a Novel Rat Model of Composite Bone and Muscle Injury,” National Institute of Health, NRSA F32 Fellowship – 1F32AR061236-01
    • 2007-2009 – (role: PI) “Shear Stress Induced Expression of Inflammatory Cell Adhesion Molecules in a Mouse Coarctation Model,” American Heart Association, Predoctoral Fellowship

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