D. Kacy Cullen, PhD

Associate Professor, Departments of Neurosurgery & Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania Center for Brain Injury and Repair

Dr. Cullen is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery & Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania (http://www.med.upenn.edu/cullenlab/) and serves as the Director of the Center for Neurotrauma, Neurodegeneration, and Restoration at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Dr. Cullen received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005. He is a leading innovator in neural tissue engineering and nervous system repair strategies, and was recently selected as one of “3 People to Watch in Neuroscience” by STAT News. He has founded 2 early-stage companies developing advanced regenerative therapies, one being INNERVACE, focused on personalized tissue engineering treatments to replace brain tissue lost due to neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson’s, and the other Axonova, focused on living regenerative scaffolds for nerve and spinal cord repair. He has over 75 scientific publications and has also written in popular science journals such as Scientific American. Dr. Cullen’s lab receives extramural support from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.