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Dean Loboa’s Research

Meet the Dean

Dean Elizabeth G. Loboa's Research

Dr. Elizabeth Loboa is Dean and Professor of Bioengineering in the College of Engineering and Vice Chancellor for Strategic Partnerships at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Prior to that, she was Associate Chair and Professor in the Joint  Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University (NCSU); and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at NCSU.

Dr. Loboa received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and her M.S. and Ph. in Biomechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, respectively, from Stanford University.  Although dean, she continues to maintain an active research portfolio with work in her laboratory focused on: 1) biomimetic mechanical, electrical and material stimuli to  human stem cells for functional tissue engineering applications; and, 2) textile-based and nanofibrous “smart bandages” as controlled release systems for wound healing, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine applications requiring antimicrobial, antibacterial, and/or anti-inflammatory treatment(s). Dr. Loboa has published over 275 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, book chapters and journal articles.

Dr. Loboa’s research has been funded by the Nonwoven Institute, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.  She is a recipient of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award, Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, NCSU Chancellor’s Innovation Award,  NCSU Faculty Scholar Award, UK-US Stem Cell Collaboration Development Award and the Stanford University Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award. She is a Fellow of both the Biomedical Engineering Society and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.


  • Ph.D. from Stanford University
  • MSE from Stanford University
  • BS from the University of California, Davis

Technical Focus

  • Functional tissue engineering and biomaterials
  • Regenerative medicine and wound healing
  • Adult stem cells
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