Christine E Schmidt, PhD

University of Florida

J. Crayton Pruitt Family Professor and Department Chair


Christine Schmidt, Ph.D., is the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Professor and Department Chair for the University of Florida Department of Biomedical Engineering. Prior to joining UF in 2013, she was the B.F. Goodrich Endowed Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Schmidt is well-known for her research in biomaterials and cellular/tissue engineering. She is using natural-based materials and electrically conducting polymers to create therapeutic systems and in vitro test beds to chemically, electrically, biologically, and mechanically modulate cell behavior. Dr. Schmidt's research has had significant clinical impact on nerve repair and post-surgical wound care. Her research is the foundation for the Avance Nerve Graft from AxoGen and the VersaWrap Tendon Protector from her affiliated start-up company, Alafair Biosciences. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles (H-index = 53, Google Scholar) and is Section Editor of Neural Engineering for Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Schmidt is the current President for the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She is a Fellow of AIMBE, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), the American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE/IUSBSE). Dr. Schmidt has received numerous awards, including the American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellowship from NSF, the Chairmen's Distinguished Life Sciences Award from Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an NSF CAREER Award, and a Whitaker Young Investigator Award.