February 14, 2019
The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Treena Livingston Arinzeh. Dr. Arinzeh is an American biomedical engineer and professor known for her work researching adult stem-cell therapy.
Treena Livingston Arinzeh is an American biomedical engineer and professor known for her work researching adult stem-cell therapy. She received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University in 1992. She earned a M.S.E. in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1994 and received her doctorate degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. Upon receiving her Ph.D., Arinzeh went to work for Baltimore-based Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. as a product development engineer. Dr. Arinzeh developed the first Tissue Engineering and Applied Biomaterials Laboratory at NJIT in the fall of 2001.
She has published over 60 journal articles, conference proceedings, and book chapters. Her current research focuses on systematic studies of the effect of biomaterial properties on stem cell differentiation. She is known for discovering that mixing stem cells with scaffolding allows regeneration of bone growth and the repair of tissue damage. She also discovered that one person's stem cells could be implanted in another person.
Dr. Arinzeh currently works as an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey.
She contributes to increasing the numbers of minority students in biomedical engineering by inviting 40 to 50 teens from under-represented groups to her lab each summer, as part of the Project Seeds program supported by the American Chemical Society.
In 2018, Dr. Arinzeh was selected to be a Judge for Nature scientific journal's newly created Innovating Science Panel Award.