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Building on significant advancements in both bioresorbable polymer implants and films, and stem cell technologies, the Scientific Team, leading MacroPore Biosurgery's Research & Technology efforts, is committed to continued development of next generation medical devices, biomaterials, biotherapeutics and biologics technologies that address problems across the entire spectrum of surgical therapies.
John K. Fraser, PhD
Vice President Research & Technology
Dr. John K. Fraser has served as Vice President of Research & Technology since June 2004. Upon joining the Company in October 2002, he served as Vice President, Research & Technology Biologics. Prior to joining MacroPore Biosurgery, Dr. Fraser was Chief Scientific Officer, and Director of Research, Stem Cell Services at StemSource, Inc., a company specializing in stem cell bioengineering and research. After completing his PhD, Dr. Fraser joined the Department of Medicine at UCLA, where he maintains the title of Associate Professor, UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Fraser received his BSc from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and his PhD from University of Otago, New Zealand.
Kevin A. Thomas, PhD
Director of Testing and Biomechanics
Dr. Thomas received his doctorate in biomedical engineering from Tulane University. He has been involved in numerous investigations involving biomechanical testing, including recent work on fracture fixation and spinal instrumentation. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi honor societies, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Society for Biomaterials, and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. His publications include over 70 basic science and clinical research articles in 30 international journals. He has presented papers at numerous regional, national, and international scientific meetings. Prior to joining MacroPore Biosurgery he was an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA.
Susan L. Riley, PhD
Manager of Polymer Research
Dr. Suzie Riley joined the Research & Technology team as Manager of Polymer Research, January 2003. Dr. Riley completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Rice University studying bone growth within 3D resorbable polymer scaffolds. Prior to joining MacroPore Biosurgery, Dr. Riley was recruited to work at Advanced Tissue Sciences specifically to investigate new resorbable polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering products. After completing her PhD, she also served as a postdoctoral research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory conducting research on DNA sequencing. Along with numerous industry organization and research awards, Dr. Riley has written and co-authored over a dozen peer-reviewed scientific publications. Principal and co-investigation research NIH grant application topics include, 3-D Scaffolds for Tissue Engineered Cartilage Repair, and Enhancing Cartilage Synthesis for Human Therapy. Dr. Riley has been a University lecturer, by invitation, for scientific courses including Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Design.
Min Zhu, MD
Senior Biologics Research Scientist
Prior to joining MacroPore Biosurgery, in January 2003, Dr. Zhu served as Senior Research Scientist for StemSource, Inc., a company specializing in stem cell research, bioengineering and technology. Dr. Zhu served as a Research Associate at UCLA School of Medicine, Department of General Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and completed postdoctoral research in the Division of Rheumatology. Dr. Zhu also served as a lecturer and researcher at Shanghai Second Medical University, Shangai China. Dr. Zhu received the Shangai City Sciences & Technology Achievement Award, along with international recognition at the Sixth International Congress on Cell Biology & 36th American Society of Cell Biology Annual Meeting, San Francisco. Dr. Zhu's journal and scientific publications include numerous adult stem cell-related research articles. Additionally, Dr. Zhu has presented internationally on the topics of cell-based therapies, and the potential of stem cells derived from adipose tissue. Dr. Zhu obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree from Shanghai Second Medical University, Shangai, China.
Eric J. Daniels, MD
Clinical Applications Manager
Dr. Eric J. Daniels joined MacroPore Biosurgery, as Clinical Applications Manager, in January 2003. Graduating with distinction, Alpha Omega Alpha (National Medical Honors Society), Dr. Daniels received his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Daniels has served as a general surgery resident at the UCLA Medical Center. As a research consultant for American BioMed, Inc., Dr. Daniels assisted in the design, collection and analysis of clinical trial data, and prepared IDE drafts for FDA submissions. Prior to joining American BioMed, Dr. Daniels served as an instructor for over 1,500 pre-med students in biological and physical sciences at the Berkeley Review. Dr. Daniels also authored and co-authored over 12 book chapters and research reports published in scientific journals and textbooks.
Anastasia J. McManus, MS
Biomaterials Research Engineer
Ms. McManus received her Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, and joined the MacroPore Biosurgery Research & Technology team in 2001. Ms. McManus's focus is on polymer biomechanical technology, testing and analysis for pre-clinical trials of new product development. Ms. McManus's research and scientific papers on the topics of polymers and nanotechnology have been presented at numerous biomaterials society meetings, including the international 6th World Biomaterials Conference in 2000.
Isabella H. Wulur, MS
Biologics Research Scientist
Ms. Wulur received her Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and joined MacroPore Biosurgery in January 2003. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Wulur worked as a Research Scientist at AMGEN, specializing in molecular biology assays relative to cancer treatment. At UCLA, Ms. Wulur's research included guided tissue regeneration, bone engineering using biodegradable scaffold, naked DNA gene transfer, and scaffold morphology-cell function relation. Ms. Wulur received the distinguished Research Assistant Award. Along with several honors and achievement awards, Ms. Wulur has presented her scientific papers at Biomedical Engineering Society conferences.