Tim Acri

Tim Acri, Ph.D. student, Pharmacy, Translational Therapeutics

Regenerates bone

What is your degree program and expected graduation date? Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics, May 2021

Please describe your research: The main focus of my research is on tissue engineering where I develop synthetic scaffolds for bone tissue regeneration.

In simple terms, why does this research matter? My research focuses on eliminating the need for autografting, which involves harvesting tissue from a patient to replace damaged tissue in another location. My research seeks to develop a synthetic alternative which reduces pain and costs.

How soon after starting at the University of Iowa were you able to participate in research? I started immediately after the online safety training was completed.

How has being involved in research made you more successful at the University of Iowa? Research is my main focus as a graduate student. The ability to investigate novel approaches to regenerative medicine has led to publications, awards, and hands-on laboratory experience.

What are your career goals and/or plans after graduation? My goal is to secure a position at a pharmaceutical company, where I develop the next generation of materials for regenerative medicine.

Faculty mentor/advisor: Dr. Aliasger Salem

Hometown: Moline, IL

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