Cecilia Giachelli, PhD

Hunter and Dorothy Simpson Endowed Chair, Department of Bioengineering University of Washington

Dr. Giachelli received a BS in Biochemistry from UC Davis and PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Washington. She is former Hunter and Dorothy Simpson Endowed Chair of Bioengineering, and currently serves as Professor of Bioengineering and Adjunct Professor of Oral Health Sciences at UW. Dr. Giachelli is internationally recognized for her work investigating the molecular mechanisms of biomaterial biocompatibility, ectopic calcification and extracellular matrix control of cell function. Her studies have led to the discovery of key inducers and inhibitors that contribute to ectopic calcification in the setting of chronic kidney disease, valve disease, atherosclerosis and medical devices. These discoveries are currently being translated to therapeutic strategies to block inappropriate calcification in disease and biomaterials development. Other key areas of research include control of inflammation and foreign body reaction, regenerative medicine, cell and tissue engineering. Dr. Giachelli is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Washington State Academy of Sciences, and recipient of the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, the Advances in Mineral Metabolism Investigator Award, and the American Society of Nephrology’s Jack W. Coburn Lectureship.