Mentoring Faculty

  • Portrait
  • D. Kacy Cullen, PhD
  • Institution: University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Perelman School of Medicine
  • Research Interests: Neurotrauma, neural engineering, and regenerative medicine

D. Kacy Cullen focuses on the intersection of neurotrauma, neural engineering, and regenerative medicine. His current research program is a balance between innovative technology development and traditional hypothesis-driven research. He applies biomedical engineering principles to advance the understanding of disease or trauma-induced neurological dysfunction as well as to develop cutting-edge neurotechnology and tissue engineering-based treatments to restore function. He pioneered “living scaffolds” to promote neural regeneration, micro-tissue engineering to restore brain circuitry, and living biological electrodes for neuroprosthetic interfaces. Dr. Cullen was recently selected as one of “Three People to Watch in Neuroscience in 2016” by STAT News and his work has been featured in Popular Science, BBC, New Scientist, and other popular outlets. He trains postdoctoral fellows, doctoral candidates, medical fellows, and undergraduate research assistants from across bioengineering, neuroscience, and neurosurgery. He is also an inventor on multiple patents and co-founded two biotechnology start-up companies to translate his work.