John Bischof, PhD

Director, Office of Discovery and Translation

John Bischof

Mechanical Engineering, 200
United States

Dr. John Bischof directs CTSI's Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT), designed to accelerate the process of bench-to-bedside translation in a coordinated, University-wide effort. ODAT supports innovative, early development research with a high likelihood of translational success. 

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 (IEM) and the NSF Engineering Research Center for Advanced Technologies for Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio). In addition, Dr. Bischof currently holds the Carl and Janet Kuhrmeyer Chair in Mechanical Engineering and 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 in the area of nanomedicine focusing on biodistribution and heating properties of gold and iron oxide nanoparticles for cryopreservation of zebrafish embryos, fruit fly embryos, and tissues and organs for 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, a teaching hospital of Harvard University.

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