Peter I. Lelkes, PhD is the Calhoun Chair Professor of Cellular Tissue Engineering in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University in Philadelphia with adjunct appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (CoE) and Pathology, Biochemistry and Surgery (DUCOM). Having spent 12 years at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Dr. Lelkes assumed his current position at Drexel University in August 2000, where he currently directs an interdisciplinary program in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, focusing on nanotechnology-based biomaterials and soft tissue engineering, employing developmental biological principles to enhance the tissue-specific differentiation of embryonic and adult stem cells. Dr. Lelkes has organized several Keystone conferences and published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and 45 book chapters and made more than 400 presentations nationally and internationally.
Dr. Lelkes’s basic and translational research has been support by federal (NIH, NSF, NASA, DOE) and state funding agencies, (NTI and Dept of Commerce, Tobacco Settlement Funds) and private Foundations, including the Coulter Foundation. Most recently, Dr. Lelkes has been named Director of the Surgical Engineering Enterprise, one of the major of initiative of the strategic plan of Drexel University’s College of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Lelkes has been the team leader for tissue engineering at the Nanotechnology Institute of Southeastern Pennsylvania (NTI) and is the Co-Director of PATRIC, the Pennsylvania Advanced Textile Research and Innovation Center, focusing on Bionanotextiles and Stem Cell Biology.
In his “free-time” he is an active chamber musician and likes to hike in the mountains.