The Griffith lab encompasses molecular-to-systems level analysis, design and synthesis of biomaterials, scaffolds, devices and micro-organs for a range of applications in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and in vitro drug development. A central theme is connecting the experimental systems to systems biology measurements. Most projects are highly interdisciplinary and translational, involving basic scientists, clinicians, and engineers, often with industry partners, to solve important problems in medicine and biology. Dr. Griffth is the recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, Popular Science Brilliant 10, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Society, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, and the MacArthur Fellows Program.

Daisuke Nakada lecture

The Nakada Lecture was established to honor the life of Daisuke Nakada, inspirational teacher, researcher, mentor, and colleague.

Dr. Nakada received his formal academic education at Osaka University. He held positions at Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and EI du Pon Nemours & Company before coming to Pitt in 1967. Dr. Nakada's major contributions included an analysis of catabolite repression of Lac Z gene expression and studies of the functional properties of ribosomal subunits. His laboratory described one of the earliest examples of a translational control mechanism in studies of MS2 virus gene expression. Dr. Nakada's laboratory was exploring the molecular mechanisms controlling bacteriophage development at the time his life ended prematurely following a prolonged struggle with oral cancer. Many of his students and fellows have gone on to positions of prominence in government and industrial laboratories as well as in academia.

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