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Don Griffin

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Biomedical Engineering
Office location and address
MR5, rm. 1111 Lab: ​MR5, rm. 1213
415 Lane Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Post-Doc ​Chemical Engineering, UC Los Angeles, 2012-2016
Ph.D. ​Biomedical Engineering, UC Los Angeles, 2011
B.S. ​Biomedical Engineering, UC Davis, 2006
Biography

Don Griffin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. After his training in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, Don joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in 2017.

His lab works on creating advanced biomaterials to support both fundamental science and translational approaches to tissue regeneration. They engineer biomaterials using a unique combination of microscale geometric control and novel chemistries.

Don's work also bridges the academic-industry relationship with recognition as an inventor on several pending patents. Additionally, Don is a co-founder of a growing biomaterials company, Tempo Therapeutics (located in San Diego).

EN-BME Engineering Injectable Microporous Hydrogels for Diabetic Wound Repair
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidne
August 02, 2021 – June 30, 2026
Improving Biomaterial Implant Tolerance with Damage-Associated Molecular Pathway (DAMP) Molecule Attachment
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengi
August 01, 2020 – April 30, 2023
Engineered Biomaterial for Endoscopic Treatment of Airway Fibrosis
Source: U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
February 01, 2021 – January 31, 2023
ENG-BIOM Improving Spontaneous Gradient Formation in Hydrogels Using Agent-Based Fellowship on behalf of Lauren Jae Pruett
Source: U.S. NIH Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute
September 01, 2020 – August 31, 2022
Engineering Injectable Microporous Hydrogels for Diabetic Wound Repair
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidne
July 01, 2020 – June 30, 2021
BME 4414: Biomaterials
Credits: 3
Introduces biomaterials science and biological interactions with materials with overview of biomaterials testing and characterization. Emphasis on emerging novel strategies and design of biomaterials. Areas of concentration: Use of polymers and ceramics in biomaterials, drug delivery applications, tissue engineering from orthopaedic and vascular perspectives and nanotechnology related to biomaterials. Attention to the in vitro and in vivo testing of biomaterials, and a review of current research in the field. Prerequisite: BME 2101, BME 2104, or instructor permission.
BME 4890: Nanomedicine
Credits: 3
Students will design treatment strategies for cancer and cardiovascular disease based on molecular bioengineering principles. Special topics will include design of nanoparticle drug and gene delivery platforms, materials biocompatibility, cancer immunotherapy, and molecular imaging. Prerequisite: BME 2104 or CHE 2246 and BME 2220 or instructor permission. Recommended prerequisite: BME 3240 or CHE 3321.
BME 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
In-depth study of a biomedical engineering area by an individual student in close collaboration with a departmental faculty member. Requires advanced analysis of a specialized topic in biomedical engineering that is not covered by current offerings. Requires faculty contact time and assignments comparable to regular course offerings. Prerequisite: instructor permission.
CHE 4995: Chemical Engineering Research
Credits: 1–3
Library and laboratory study of an engineering or manufacturing problem conducted in close consultation with a departmental faculty member, often including the design, construction, and operation of laboratory scale equipment. Requires progress reports and a comprehensive written report. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
BME 4995: Biomedical Engineering Advanced Projects
Credits: 1–3
A year-long research project in biomedical engineering conducted in consultation with a department faculty advisor; usually related to ongoing faculty research. Includes the design, execution, and analysis of experimental laboratory work and computational or theoretical computer analysis of a problem. Requires a comprehensive report of the results. Prerequisite: third- or fourth-year standing, and instructor permission.
BME 6550: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Applies engineering science, design methods, and system analysis to developing areas and current problems in biomedical engineering. Topics vary by semester.
CHE 8998: Master's Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.
BME 8999: Master's Research
Credits: 1–12
Master's Research
BME 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
CHE 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.