Scientific Advisors


Stephen Badylak, D.V.M., Ph.D., M.D.

Stephen is a Research Professor in the Department of Surgery and Director of Tissue Engineering at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Badylak is a pioneer in tissue engineering and holds more than 40 US patents, has authored more than 130 scientific publications and six book chapters, and has been a member of several scientific committees. He has either chaired or been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of several major medical device companies including DePuy Inc. of Warsaw, IN, Cook Biotech of West Lafayette, IN, Genesis Orthopedics of Cambridge, MA , Sentron Medical Ventures of Cincinnati, OH and ACell, Inc. of Jessup, MD. He is a charter member and one of three United States member governors of the Tissue Engineering Society International. He is also a member of the Society for Biomaterials and the Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology Society. For his contributions to his field, he has been featured in several publications and has been the recipient of multiple awards, including most recently the Sigma Xi Scientific Society 2002 Research Award.


William G. Rodkey, D.V.M.

William is Chief Scientific Officer and Director of Basic Science Research at the Steadman-Philippon Research Institute in Vail. Involved with the Institute since its beginning, he also serves as Vice President of Scientific Affairs for ReGen Biologics, a biomedical technology company involved with collagen matrix technology for tissue engineering in musculoskeletal tissue regeneration. Prior to joining Dr. Steadman in 1990, Dr. (Colonel, U.S. Army, retired) Rodkey was Chairman of the Military Trauma Research Division for the Letterman Army Institute of Research (LAIR) in San Francisco. Dr. Rodkey has conducted extensive orthopedic sports medicine research at the Institute, as well as other research aimed at improving early surgical care of trauma victims. Dr. Rodkey's accomplishments while in the service of our country earned him numerous awards and military decorations including the United States Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Humanitarian Services Medal, Order of Military Medical Merit, and the U.S. Secretary of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award. He has authored more than 150 published articles and abstracts on research and clinical topics. Dr. Rodkey is a member of numerous professional orthopedic organizations including American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine; International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopedic Sports Medicine; European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy; International Cartilage Repair Society; Osteoarthritis Research Society International; ACL Study Group; and the Knee Purists.


Darrell J. Triulzi, M.D.

Darrell is the Director, Division of Transfusion Medicine, Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh; and Medical Director of the Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITXM). Dr. Triulzi's interest is in transfusion support of stem cell and solid organ transplant recipients and the immunomodulatory effects of transfusion. He is site PI for the NIH Transfusion Medicine/Hemostasis Clinical Trials Network.


Savio L-Y. Woo, Ph.D., D.Sc., D.Eng.

Savio is the Distinguished University Professor of Bioengineering and the Founder and Director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center (MSRC), a diverse multidisciplinary research and educational center in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 following 20 years of service at the University of California in San Diego as a Professor of Surgery and Bioengineering. Dr. Woo is a pioneer in bioengineering and is renowned for his 40 years of translational research in healing and repair of tissues. Together with his team, they have authored 310 original research papers in refereed journals, 141 book chapters and review papers and more than 817 abstracts. Their work has significantly impacted the management of ligament and tendon injuries including clinical paradigm shifts that have led to improved patient outcome. More recently, Dr. Woo has focused on using novel functional tissue engineering to heal and to regenerate ligament and tendon at the molecular, cellular, tissue and organ levels. Also, he has pioneered the use of robotic technology to study the function of ACL and to improve ACL reconstruction procedures. Dr. Woo has edited 12 books and 18 conference proceedings, in addition to delivering more than 880 lectures. For his work, Dr. Woo has been recognized by many professional societies. Most notably, he has been inducted by the Institute of Medicine (USA), The National Academy of Engineering (USA), and Academia Sinica (Republic of China), only one of four persons who have gained all three of these honors. In 1998, Dr. Woo received the Olympic Prize for Sports Science from the International Olympic Committee and the first Olympic gold medal at the Nagano Games in Japan.