Kristi Anseth, a CU distinguished professor and the Tisone Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2013 Hazel Barnes Prize, the highest faculty award for teaching and research at CU-Boulder.
The prize, which comes with a monetary award of $20,000, recognizes her extensive record of scholarship in biomaterials and tissue engineering, and her enthusiasm in bringing new knowledge into the classroom and teaching laboratory.
Anseth pioneered the use of ultraviolet light to make repeating structures of complex molecules, called polymers, which can be implanted into tissues to create three-dimensional scaffolds to facilitate healing. The polymers dissolve after tissue regeneration, and Anseth has designed materials to accelerate bone healing, grow cartilage tissue, and even help regenerate defective heart valves.
She was named a distinguished professor in 2008, and elected to both the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine in 2009. She also is an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and holds a joint appointment as an associate professor of surgery at the University of Colorado Denver.
Anseth received her PhD in chemical engineering at CU-Boulder in 1994.