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Dr. David Mooney’s research is based on the question, “How do mammalian cells receive information from the materials in their environment?” By using the tools of bioengineering and cell and molecular biology, he studies the mechanisms by which chemical or mechanical signals are sensed by cells, and how these signals alter cellular proliferation and specialization to either promote tissue growth or destruction. His research results inform the design and synthesis of new biomaterials that regulate the gene expression of interacting cells for a variety of tissue engineering and drug delivery projects. Current projects focus on therapeutic angiogenesis, regeneration of musculoskeletal tissues, and cancer therapies.
Dr. David Mooney is the Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a Core Faculty Member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. His laboratory designs biomaterials that enhance cell and protein therapies for effective and practical approaches to treat human diseases. He has received funding from NIDCR, NHLBI, NIBIB, and NCI, as well as several national organizations and pharmaceutical companies. He has mentored over 60 postdoctoral fellows and over 100 postbac, DDS, MD students. Dr. Mooney is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Inventors. He has authored more than 350 scientific papers and is an inventor of more than 40 issued U.S. patents. He has won numerous awards and has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
NIDCR Clinical Research Fellowship Grand Rounds occur quarterly each year. Leading scientists and clinicians address advances in clinical, translational, and basic research in areas related to the dental, oral, and craniofacial complex and bone metabolism.