Christine E. Schmidt, Ph.D.

Christine Schmidt
Christine E. Schmidt, Ph.D.
Professor, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Chair & Department Chair
Primary Faculty
Biomaterials for neural tissue regeneration and neural interfacing
1275 Center Drive, Biomedical Sciences Building JG42, Gainesville, FL 32611
Office Phone: 
(352) 273-9222
Office Fax: 
(352) 273-9221
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1988
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1995
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT, 1994-1996

Research Summary:

Dr. Schmidt's research is focused on engineering novel materials and therapeutic systems to stimulate damaged peripheral and spinal neurons to regenerate. Taking a unique approach to this problem, she uses electrically conducting polymers and natural-based materials (e.g., hyaluronic acid-based biomaterials, decellularized tissues) to create therapies that can electrically, chemically, biologically and mechanically trigger neurons, at both the macroscopic and nanometer-scales.

Honors and Awards:

  • Society for Biomaterials, Clemson Award for Applied Research, 2019
  • Fellow, National Academy of Inventors, 2018
  • President, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2018-2020
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Nanomedicine, Spring 2016-present
  • Chair, College of Fellows, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Spring 2015-Spring 2016
  • Fellow, American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2013
  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2012-present
  • Executive Editorial Board, Journal of Materials Chemistry. Royal Society of Chemistry, Fall 2012-present
  • Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE), International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 2012
  • Cockrell School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award, The University of Texas, 2012
  • Editorial Board, Nanomedicine, Spring 2011-present
  • Board of Directors, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2011-2014
  • Editorial Board, Acta Biomaterialia, Spring 2010-present
  • American Competiveness and Innovation (ACI) Fellow from the National Science Foundation , 2010-2012
  • Conference Chair, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Fall Meeting, 2010
  • Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), 2010
  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2009
  • Chairmen’s Distinguished Life Sciences Award, Sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2008
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research A, Spring 2007-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition, Spring 2006-present

Selected Publications:

Google Scholar Citations Link

Khaing, Z.Z., R.C. Thomas, S.A. Geissler, C.E. Schmidt (2014). "Advanced Biomaterials for Repairing the Nervous System: What can Hydrogels do for the Brain?" Materials Today. 17(7):332-340.

Thompson, D.M., Koppes, A.N., J.G. Hardy, C.E. Schmidt, D.M. (2014). "Electrical Stimuli in the Central Nervous System Microenvironment," Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering. 16:397-430.

Hardy, J.G., J.Y. Lee, C.E. Schmidt (2013). "Biomimetic conducting polymer-based tissue scaffolds," Current Opinion in Biotechnology. 24(5):847-54.

Spivey, E.C., E.T. Ritschdorff, J.M. Connell, C.A. McLennon, C.E. Schmidt, J.B. Shear (2013). "Multiphoton Lithography of Unconstrained Three-Dimensional Protein Microstructures," Advanced Functional Materials. 23:333-339

Spivey, E.C., Z.Z. Khaing, J.B Shear, C.E. Schmidt (2012). "The Fundamental Role of Subcellular Topography in Peripheral Nerve Repair Therapies," Biomaterials. 33(17):4264-76.