Robert E. Guldberg, Ph.D.
The Petit Director's Chair in Bioengineering and Bioscience
Professor, George Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Robert E. Guldberg received all of his degrees from the University of Michigan in Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering. After finishing his Ph.D., he completed a summer course in physiology at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory before beginning a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology. Guldberg is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Program Faculty member of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In November 2009, he was appointed Executive Director of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Tech after serving as Associate Director since 2004. Guldberg’s research interests focus on musculoskeletal growth and development, functional regeneration following traumatic injury, and degenerative diseases, including skeletal fragility and arthritis. His research is supported by the NIH, NSF, DoD, and several biotechnology companies. Guldberg is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and a Woodruff Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He holds several national and international leadership positions. He serves on four journal editorial boards, the Research Advisory Council of the AO Foundation based in Davos, Switzerland, and the International Advisory Board for the Julius Wolff Institut in Berlin, Germany. In 2008, Guldberg was elected President-Elect of the North American Chapter of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS-NA). Guldberg lives in Marietta, Georgia with his wife, Tina, and two children, Sophia and Michael.
Nicholas V. Hud, Ph.D.
Director, NSF Center for Chemical Evolution
Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Nicholas Hud was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received his B.S. degree in Physics from Loyola Marymount University. His Ph.D. was conferred by the University of California, Davis for physical investigations of DNA condensation by protamine. From 1992-1995 he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Biology and Biotechnology Research Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with Rod Balhorn. From 1995-1998 he was an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular Biology Institute at UCLA where he worked with Juli Feigon and Frank A. L. Anet on the application of NMR spectroscopy to the study of DNA-cation interactions. Hud joined the faculty at Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor in 1999 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2008. He has been Visiting Professor of Chemistry at the National NMR Center in Slovenia, and at Imperial College London. Hud currently serves as PI of the NSF Center for Chemical Evolution, as Chair of the Biochemistry Division of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as Co-Director of the Georgia Tech-Emory U. Center for Fundamental and Applied Molecular Evolution (FAME), and as Associate Director of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience.