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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology



Dr. Alexander Boys received his B.S. (high honors) in Materials Science and Engineering from Lehigh Univeristy (USA) and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University (USA). Alex's Ph.D. work focused on the characterization and subsequent synthesis of biological interfaces, mainly focusing on the ligamentous attachment of the meniscus of the knee joint into bone. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Alex began his postdoctoral position in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge in the BioElectronic Systems and Technologies (BEST) Group. He works on the tissue engineering of vasculature for the gut and the development of devices for monitoring cell behavior. 


Key publications: 
  • A.J. Boys, J.A.M.R. Kunitake, C.R. Henak, I. Cohen, L.A. Estroff, L.J. Bonassar, "Understanding the Stiff-to-Compliant Transition of the Meniscal Attachments through Spatial Correlation of Composition, Structure, and Mechanics," ACS Appl Mater Interfaces, 11:26559-26570, 2019.
    DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b03595
  • A.J. Boys, H. Zhou, J.B. Harrod, M.C. McCorry, L.A. Estroff, L.J. Bonassar, "Top-down Fabrication of Spatially Controlled Mineral-Gradient Scaffolds for Interfacial Tissue Engineering," ACS Biomater Sci Eng, 5(6):2988-2997, 2019.
    DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.9b00176*
    *Featured on cover
Other publications: 
  • A.J. Boys, M. Walsh, "Introducing Engineering Design and Materials Science at an Earlier Age through Ceramic Cold Casting," J Chem Ed, 96(1):104-109, 2019.
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.8b00404
  • L.E. Iannucci, A.J. Boys, M.C. McCorry, L.A. Estroff, L.J. Bonassar, "Cellular and Chemical Gradients to Engineer the Meniscus-to-Bone Insertion," Adv Healthcare Mater, 1800806, 2018.
    DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201800806*
    *Featured on cover
  • A.J. Boys*, M.C. McCorry*, S. Rodeo, L.J. Bonassar, L.A. Estroff, "Next Generation Tissue Engineering of Orthopedic Soft Tissue-to-Bone Interfaces," MRS Comm, 7:289-308, 2017.
    DOI: 10.1557/mrc.2017.91
    *Co-first authors
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