Alan Russel

Carnegie Mellon University


Solving vexing defense challenges with nano-armored enzyme-based materials

Professor Russell joined CMU as the Highmark Distinguished Career Professor in 2012 to launch and direct the Disruptive Health Technology Institute. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering in 2017.  Prior to coming to CMU Professor Russell was the Founding Director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Russell has founded three biotechnology companies and was also the Founding President of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society. Dr. Russell was the longest serving member of the Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration and Chaired the 10-year scientific review of the Center for Devices and Radiologic Health, publishing the key “Protecting the core of CDRH regulatory science in the face of financial and strategic threats” report. Dr. Russell has served many scientific roles for the Department of Defense, including working for the Defense Health Board and being the founding Co-Director of the Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine.