Julia E. Babensee, PhD

Biography

Julia E. Babensee, PhD

Email: julia.babensee@bme.gatech.edu

Dr. Julia E. Babensee is an Associate Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is affiliated with the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience and the Georgia Tech/Emory Center for the Engineering of Living Tissue. Dr. Babensee is a Bioengineering program faculty member. Dr. Babensee's research program is in the area of engineering of inflammatory and immune responses. Her research program is focused on understanding host responses to combination products. Dr. Babensee's excellence in research has been recognized with funding through various sources including a NIH, Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering Research Grant, a Hulda Irene Duggan Arthritis Investigators Award from the Arthritis Foundation, and an NSF CAREER Award. Dr. Babensee received the 2005 Society for Biomaterials (SFB) Young Investigator Award. Dr. Babensee was elected into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2008 in recognition of her significant contributions to biomaterials immunology. Dr. Babensee was an associate editor of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering (2005 - 2010). She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A. She is also a permanent member of the NIH Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Sciences (BTSS) study section. Dr. Babensee is actively involved in several professional societies with service including SFB Member-at-Large (2008-2009) and Program Chair for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) in Atlanta, GA.

Her research is in the area of engineering inflammatory and immune responses and is directed at defining design criteria for new biomaterials with improved host responses through a fundamental understanding of the in vivo failure mechanisms of current biomaterials. The focus of her research is on understanding biocompatibility and immune responses in the context of combination productions by integrating biomedical engineering principles with state-of-the-art immunology.