David Kaplan is the Stern Family Endowed Professor of Engineering at Tufts University and a Distinguished University Professor. He is Professor & Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His research focus is on biopolymer engineering to understand structure-function relationships, with emphasis on studies related to self-assembly, biomaterials engineering and regenerative medicine. Since 2004 he has directed the U.S. National Institutes of Health P41 Tissue Engineering Resource Center (TERC) that involves Tufts University and Columbia University. He has published over 700 peer reviewed papers and his lab has pioneered the study of silk-based biomaterials in regenerative medicine. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering and serves on many other editorial boards and programs for journals and universities. He has received numerous awards for teaching and research.