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Alejandro Almarza

Associate Professor
Bioengineering Department

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(2005) Mary Frances Dunnam Morse Graduate Fellowship in Biosciences (Rice University).

(2005) 1st Place Student Poster Competition (Rice University).

(2004) Biomedical Engineering Society Travel Award (Rice University).

(2001) Summa Cum Laude.

(2000) 2nd Place Student Podium Competition AICHE Southern Regional Conference (Florida State University).

(2000) National Starch and Chemical Scholarship (Florida State University).

(1998) Golden Key National Honor Society Central Missouri State University.

(1997 - 2001) Dean’s List (6 semesters) (Florida State University).

Ph.D, Bioengineering, Rice University, 2001 - 2005

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Florida State University, 1998 - 2001

Chin, A.R., Taboas, J.M., & Almarza, A.J. (2021). Regenerative Potential of Mandibular Condyle Cartilage and Bone Cells Compared to Costal Cartilage Cells When Seeded in Novel Gelatin Based Hydrogels. ANNALS OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, 49(5), 1353-1363.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s10439-020-02674-y.

Chin, A.R., Gao, J., Wang, Y., Taboas, J.M., & Almarza, A.J. (2018). Regenerative Potential of Various Soft Polymeric Scaffolds in the Temporomandibular Joint Condyle. JOURNAL OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY, 76(9), 2019-2026.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2018.02.012.

Lowe, J., & Almarza, A.J. (2017). A review of in-vitro fibrocartilage tissue engineered therapies with a focus on the temporomandibular joint. ARCHIVES OF ORAL BIOLOGY, 83, 193-201.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.archoralbio.2017.07.013.

Henderson, S.E., Lowe, J.R., Tudares, M.A., Gold, M.S., & Almarza, A.J. (2015). Temporomandibular joint fibrocartilage degeneration from unilateral dental splints. ARCHIVES OF ORAL BIOLOGY, 60(1), 1-11.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.archoralbio.2014.08.022.

Henderson, S.E., Tudares, M.A., Tashman, S., & Almarza, A.J. (2015). Decreased Temporomandibular Joint Range of Motion in a Model of Early Osteoarthritis in the Rabbit. JOURNAL OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY, 73(9), 1695-1705.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2015.03.042.

Henderson, S.E., Desai, R., Tashman, S., & Almarza, A.J. (2014). Functional analysis of the rabbit temporomandibular joint using dynamic biplane imaging. JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 47(6), 1360-1367.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2014.01.051.

Henderson, S.E., Verdelis, K., Maiti, S., Pal, S., Chung, W.L., Chou, D.T., Kumta, P.N., & Almarza, A.J. (2014). Magnesium alloys as a biomaterial for degradable craniofacial screws. ACTA BIOMATERIALIA, 10(5), 2323-2332.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2013.12.040.

Almarza, A.J., Hagandora, C.K., & Henderson, S.E. (2011). Animal Models of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders: Implications for Tissue Engineering Approaches. ANNALS OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, 39(10), 2479-2490.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s10439-011-0364-8.

Hsu, S.L., Liang, R., & Woo, S.L. (2010). Functional tissue engineering of ligament healing. Sports Med Arthrosc Rehabil Ther Technol, 2, (p. 12).England. doi: 10.1186/1758-2555-2-12.

Nguyen, T.D., Liang, R., Woo, S.L.Y., Burton, S.D., Wu, C., Almarza, A., Sacks, M.S., & Abramowitch, S. (2009). Effects of Cell Seeding and Cyclic Stretch on the Fiber Remodeling in an Extracellular Matrix-Derived Bioscaffold. TISSUE ENGINEERING PART A, 15(4), 957-963.Mary Ann Liebert Inc. doi: 10.1089/ten.tea.2007.0384.

Almarza, A.J., Augustine, S.M., & Woo, S.L.Y. (2008). Changes in Gene Expression of Matrix Constituents with Respect to Passage of Ligament and Tendon Fibroblasts. ANNALS OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, 36(12), 1927-1933.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s10439-008-9565-1.

Almarza, A.J., Yang, G., Woo, S.L.Y., Nguyen, T., & Abramowitch, S.D. (2008). Positive changes in bone marrow-derived cells in response to culture on an aligned bioscaffold. TISSUE ENGINEERING PART A, 14(9), 1489-1495.Mary Ann Liebert Inc. doi: 10.1089/ten.tea.2007.0422.

Liang, R., Woo, S.L.Y., Nguyen, T.D., Liu, P.C., & Almarza, A. (2008). Effects of a bioscaffold on collagen fibrillogenesis in healing medial collateral ligament in rabbits. JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDIC RESEARCH, 26(8), 1098-1104.Wiley. doi: 10.1002/jor.20616.

(2006). Evaluation of three growth factors in combinations of two for TMJ disc tissue engineering,. Archives of Oral Biology, 51, 215-221.

(2006). Biochemical content and distribution in the porcine temporomandibular joint disc. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 44, 124-128.

Almarza, A.J., & Athanasiou, K.A. (2006). Effects of hydrostatic pressure on TMJ disc cells. TISSUE ENGINEERING, 12(5), 1285-1294.Mary Ann Liebert Inc. doi: 10.1089/ten.2006.12.1285.

Bean, A.C., Almarza, A.J., & Athanasiou, K.A. (2006). Effects of ascorbic acid concentration on the tissue engineering of the temporomandibular joint disc. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART H-JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING IN MEDICINE, 220(H3), 439-447.SAGE Publications. doi: 10.1243/09544119JEIM51.

Detamore, M.S., Hegde, J.N., Wagle, R.R., Almarza, A.J., Montufar-Solis, D., Duke, P.J., & Athanasiou, K.A. (2006). Cell type and distribution in the porcine temporomandibular joint disc. JOURNAL OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY, 64(2), 243-248.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2005.10.009.

Woo, S.L.Y. (2006). Functional tissue engineering of ligaments and tendons. CYTOTHERAPY, 8, (p. 13).Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1186/1758-2555-2-12.

Almarza, A.J., & Athanasiou, K.A. (2005). Effects of initial cell seeding density for the tissue engineering of the temporomandibular joint disc. ANNALS OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, 33(7), 943-950.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s10439-005-3311-8.

Detamore, M.S., Orfanos, J.G., Almarza, A.J., French, M.M., Wong, M.E., & Athanasiou, K.A. (2005). Quantitative analysis and comparative regional investigation of the extracellular matrix of the porcine temporomandibular joint disc. MATRIX BIOLOGY, 24(1), 45-57.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.matbio.2004.11.006.

(2004). Seeding techniques and scaffolding choice for the tissue engineering of the temporomandibular joint disc. Tissue Engineering, 10(-12)), 1787-95.

(2004). The TMJ disc: Tissue engineering concerns and current efforts. TMJ Science, 12, 1285-94.

Almarza, A.J., & Athanasiou, K.A. (2004). Design characteristics for the tissue engineering of cartilaginous tissues. ANNALS OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, 32(1), 2-17.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1023/B:ABME.0000007786.37957.65.

Almarza, A.J., & Athanasiou, K.A. (2004). Seeding techniques and scaffolding choice for tissue engineering of the temporomandibular joint disk. TISSUE ENGINEERING, 10, (pp. 1787-1795).Mary Ann Liebert Inc.United States. doi: 10.1089/ten.2004.10.1787.