Kent Leach

UC Davis

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery


Kent Leach is Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Lawrence J. Ellison Endowed Chair of Musculoskeletal Biology (elect) in Orthopaedic Surgery at University of California, Davis. His research interests are focused on developing cell-instructive biomaterials for tissue engineering, applying transport principles for growth of engineered tissues and modeling cancer, and translation from the bench to the clinic. In January 2021, he was appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, the official journal of the Society For Biomaterials (SFB). He was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2017 and as a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society in 2018. He has received multiple teaching and mentorship awards at UC Davis, and he holds various leadership roles in his scientific communities including membership on the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) America’s Council, Board of Directors of BMES, and Member-at-Large of the International Society of Fracture Repair within the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS).