Derrick Dean, PhD

Derrick Dean

Director of Diversity | Principal Investigator

  • ddean@alasu.edu
  • Alabama State University
  • Keywords: micro- and nanostructured polymer composites; scaffolding; tissue engineering; drug delivery; mechanobiology

Derrick Dean, Ph.D., is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Alabama State University and Primary Investigator of ASU’s Integrated Bio-Engineering & Advanced Materials (I-BEAM) Center. Dean is the Director of Diversity for the Center for Engineering MechanoBiology.

Dean has conducted leading research in the development of micro- and nanostructured polymer composites, applied in a variety of fields ranging from tissue engineering, drug delivery, aerospace, and the automotive industry. Dean’s research lab specializes in using nano- and microfabrication techniques to synthesize multiscale, multifunctional materials for biological and non-biological applications.

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Keywords: micro- and nanostructured polymer composites; scaffolding; tissue engineering; drug delivery; mechanobiology

Working Group(s):  Working Group 2: How do cells adapt to and change their mechanical environment?; Working Group 3: How do cells remember their mechanical environment?; Working Group 4: Crosscutting and Emerging Technologies