Robert E. Guldberg, Ph.D.
The Petit Director's Chair in Bioengineering and Bioscience
Professor, George Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Robert E. Guldberg is the Parker H. Petit Chair and Executive Director of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (the Petit Institute). He is a Professor in Georgia Tech's Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the Georgia Tech/Emory University Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Guldberg received all of his degrees from the University of Michigan in mechanical engineering and bioengineering and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology. His research program is focused on musculoskeletal growth and development, regeneration of limb function following traumatic injury, degenerative diseases such as skeletal fragility and osteoarthritis, and novel orthopaedic devices. Dr. Guldberg has advised over 50 post-doctoral fellows and graduate students over the past 20 years and published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He serves on numerous advisory and editorial boards and has held several national leadership positions, including most recently President of the Americas Chapter of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS-AM). Dr. Guldberg is a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta research scholar and has been elected a Fellow of TERMIS, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).
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.