Ameya Phadke received his B.S.E. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Jacobs Fellow and currently a Ph.D. candidate with Dr. Shyni Varghese. His doctoral work on bio-inspired synthetic polymers for applications in regenerative medicine has produced 11 peer-reviewed publications and 1 patent; his recent work on self-healing hydrogels was published in PNAS and highlighted through press releases by UCSD, MSNBC and the Scientific American, among others. He has also been an active member of the University community through his board positions in the Bioengineering Graduate Society and the Academic Integrity Review Board. As a 2011-12 Socrates Fellow, Ameya developed a novel courseplan integrating his stem cell and materials research with the high school biology curriculum and implemented it at numerous San Diego high schools. Following his graduation, he aims to leverage his experiences towards a career in the development of cutting-edge biomaterial-based therapies for tissue regeneration while fostering the interaction between the growing regenerative medicine industry and the greater community.