John Bischof, PhD
OACA Sr. Research Advisor for ODAT Grant Programs
Dr. John Bischof is the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs (OACA) Sr. Research Advisor for Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) Grant Programs, a role that includes serving as faculty lead for the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, and the OACA Faculty Research Development funding programs. In addition, he will continue to advise on strategic collaborations between CTSI and the Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM).
Dr. Bischof is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and a faculty member in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. He serves as Director of both the University of Minnesota Institute for Engineering in Medicine and the NSF Engineering Research Center for Advanced Technologies for Preservation of Biological Systems. In addition, Dr. Bischof currently holds the Medtronic-Bakken Endowed Chair for Engineering in Medicine.
Dr. Bischof is a renowned researcher in thermal bioengineering, having contributed to applications in therapeutics, regenerative medicine, and diagnostics. He has received international attention for his research focusing on biodistribution and heating properties of gold and iron oxide nanoparticles and other biomaterials and methods for cryopreservation of organisms (such as zebrafish and fruit flies) for aquaculture and biodiversity, and tissues and organs for drug testing and transplantation. He has also founded start-up companies in the diagnostics and cryopreservation areas.
Dr. Bischof holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of California Berkeley, a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from University of California San Francisco and University of California Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of California Berkeley. He completed his postdoctoral work at the Center for Engineering in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the top research hospitals in the world.