On behalf of the Tissue Engineering International & Regenerative Medicine Society-North America (TERMIS-NA), Harvard's David Mooney has been awarded the Senior Scientist Award.

Mooney is the Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a Core Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.

Mooney, who earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, designs and synthesizes new biomaterials that regulate the gene expression of interacting cells for a variety of tissue engineering and drug delivery projects.

Current projects conducted in his lab focus on therapeutic angiogenesis, regeneration of musculoskeletal tissues, and cancer therapies.

Mooney also plays an active role in the major biomedical and chemical engineering professional societies, serves as an editorial adviser to severaljournals and publishers, organizes and chairs leading conferences and symposia, and participates on several industry advisory boards.

The Senior Scientist Award recognizes Mooney's significant contributions to the tissue engineering and regenerative medicine field.

Other winners included MIT's Robert Langer (Lifetime Achievement Award); Rice University's Kurt Kasper (Young Investigator Award); and  University of California at San Diego's Jessica DeQuach (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award).

The awards will be presented to Mooney and the other winners during the upcoming 2011 TERMIS-NA Houston conference in December.