Jorge L. Almodovar Montanez
Assistant Professor, Ray C. Adam Chair in Chemical Engineering
Jorge Almodovar joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas (U of A) as the Ray C. Adam Chair in August 2018 as an assistant professor. He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University in 2007 and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Colorado State University (CSU) in 2011. At CSU he investigated the delivery and stability of growth factors using polysaccharide-based biomaterials. After CSU, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Grenoble Institute of Technology in Grenoble, France investigating the formation of gradients on polyelectrolyte multilayer films, funded by the Whitaker International Program. Prior to joining U of A, he was a faculty member at the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez where he began an active research group. His research interests (funded by the DoD, NSF, NIH, & the Puerto Rico Science, Research, and Technology Trust) includes extracellular matrix mimetic biomaterials, cell-material interactions, and biomaterials as therapeutics. His research focus is on the engineering of biomimetic materials—inspired by the native cell environment—for fundamental studies, cell manufacturing, tissue engineering, therapeutics, and regenerative medicine. He is an author of 17 peer-reviewed research articles and 5 book chapters, and an editor for one text book. He has served as a peer-reviewer for federal grant proposals and for multiple journals in the biomaterials field. He also serves as a member of the ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering early career board.
Biomaterials, Biomedical Engineering, Tissue Engineering, Cell Manufacturing