Astronaut Dr. David Wolf is Keynote Speaker at the 2007 SIVB Meeting

Dr. David A. Wolf

The Society for In Vitro Biology is pleased to announce that American astronaut, Dr. David A. Wolf, will be the keynote speaker at the 2007 In Vitro Biology Meeting in Indianapolis, IN (June 9-13, 2007). Dr. Wolf will be speaking on “Space Bioreactor for Tissue Engineering and Cancer Applications.”

Dr. Wolf, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1978, and an M.D. degree from Indiana University in 1982. While attending Purdue University, he developed new techniques for doppler signal demodulation, which extended the range velocity limitations of conventional systems.

Following graduation from medical school he completed his medical internship at Methodist Hospital (Indianapolis, IN), and received USAF flight surgeon primary training at Brooks Air Force Base (San Antonio, TX). From 1980 to 1983 he worked as a research scientist at the Indianapolis Center for Advanced Research, where he developed digital signal and image processing techniques for application in “state of the art” high-resolution medical ultrasonic imaging. In 1983 Dr. Wolf Joined NASA in the Medical Sciences Division at the Johnson Space Center (Houston, TX), where he was responsible for engineering development and avionics integration for studying cardiovascular physiology in microgravity. This was followed by an assignment as chief engineer with responsibility for designing the medical facility of the Space Station, and an assignment to develop a “state of the art” space bioreactor for cancer research and tissue engineering applications. This “state of the art” space bioreactor utilized molecular biology based bioprocessing techniques in combination with gravitational controlled fluid mechanical conditions. His endeavors have resulted in numerous technology transfers that have spurred commercial development and resulted in use of the associated technologies on Earth. Dr. Wolf and his team are credited with advancing the filed of tissue engineering and integrating it with nano (micro) technology.

As an astronaut, Dr. Wolf has spent 158 days in space over three separate missions. During these missions he has participated in research involving microgravity tissue engineering techniques, electromagnetic levitation platform capability, colloid behavior, altered erythropoietic function, and human microgravity physiology studies. Dr. Wolf is currently the Chief of the NASA Astronaut Office Extravehicular Activity (AVA) Branch, and a member of the Astronaut Office management team. Dr. Wolf and his associates are also working on engineering and operations development for return to the moon and Mars expedition programs. As a veteran astronaut, medical scientist, engineer, and visionary leader, Dr. Wolf is frequently called upon by NASA to communicate its accomplishments and future goals. His accomplishments have resulted in a number of awards including the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal (1990) and the NASA Inventor of the Year award (1992).

The Keynote Symposium is tentatively scheduled from 3:00 – 5:30 pm, Sunday, June 10, 2007 at the Westin Indianapolis with a reception to follow.

Dr. Wolf’s information supplied by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas 77058

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