Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD

University of Connecticut

University Professor


Dr.  Cato T. Laurencin is the University Professor and Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut. He is Professor of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He is the Chief Executive Officer at the Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Laurencin received his B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and simultaneously received his M.D., Magna Cum Laude from the Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Laurencin is the pioneer of the field of Regenerative Engineering. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine and President of the Regenerative Engineering Society.

He has achieved singular honors in engineering, medicine, science and innovation. He is the first individual in history to receive both the oldest/highest awards from the National Academy of Engineering (the Simon Ramo Founder's Award) and the National Academy of Medicine (the Walsh McDermott Medal). He received the Philip Hague Abelson Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), awarded for “signal contributions to the advancement of science in the United States” for his work in Regenerative Engineering. Dr. Laurencin received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (the nation’s highest award for technological achievement) from President Barack Obama in ceremonies at the White House “for seminal work in the engineering of musculoskeletal tissues”.