The J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering would like to welcome Dr. Greg Hudalla, who has recently accepted an Assistant Professor position!
Dr. Hudalla’s research is focused on the development of biomedical technologies that can harness the immunomodulatory potential of mesenchymal stem cells, or functional features thereof, for transplant- or implant-based therapeutics. He is strategically positioned to make significant contributions at this intersection between bioengineering, materials science, and translational medicine. Dr. Hudalla received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 under the direction of Professor William Murphy. As part of his doctoral research, he created chemically well-defined culture substrates to elucidate the influence of extracellular factors on adult stem cell behavior. During his postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago and Northwestern under the guidance of Professors Joel Collier and Milan Mrksich, Dr. Hudalla’s research has been focused on biomaterials as modulators of host immune responses. Recently, he demonstrated that nanofibers can act as vaccine adjuvants to increase production of antibodies that bind to protein antigens.
Dr. Hudalla’s interdisciplinary training and research aligns well with the BME Department and is ideally suited for collaborations with other departments in Engineering (e.g., Materials Science and Engineering) and within the College of Medicine (e.g., Center for Immunology and Transplantation).
Dr. Hudalla will be moving to Gainesville with his wife and two children this August.