Dr. Robert E. Guldberg holds the Parker H. Petit Director's Chair in Bioengineering and Bioscience.  In addition to his primary appointment in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, he is a program faculty member in the Georgia Tech/Emory Department of Biomedical Engineering. 


  • Ph.D., The University of Michigan, 1995
  • M.S., The University of Michigan, 1992
  • B.S., The University of Michigan, 1989

Research Areas and Descriptors


Dr. Guldberg received all of his degrees from the University of Michigan in Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering. After finishing his Ph.D., he completed a training course in physiology at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory before beginning a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology.  In November 2009, he was appointed Executive Director of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB) at Georgia Tech after serving as Associate Director since 2004.  He currently serves as Chair of the Americas Chapter of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS-AM) and Chair of the NIH Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering study section.  Dr. Guldberg sits on numerous local or national advisory boards, including the National Academies Roundtable on Biomedical Engineering Materials and Applications (BEMA), the Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience Leadership Council, the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) Research advisory Council, the St. Joseph Translational Research Institute Executive Advisory Board, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Research Advisory Council, the MiMedx, Inc. Medical Advisory Board, the SciStem Therapeutics Scientific Advisory Board, the Georgia Bio Board of Directors, and external advisory boards for Tufts University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Illinois, and the University of Michigan.


Dr. Guldberg’s research interests focus on musculoskeletal growth and development, functional regeneration following traumatic injury, and degenerative diseases, including skeletal fragility and osteoarthritis. His research is supported by the NIH, NSF, DoD, and several biotechnology companies and has resulted in over 150 book chapters and publications. Dr. Guldberg is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and holds several national leadership positions.

  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) Chair-Elect of the North American Region, 2009-2012
  • American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow, 2007
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience
      • Director, 2010
      • Associate Director, 2004
      • Vivarium Advisory Committee Chairperson, 2000-present
    • Georgia Tech/Emory Center in Orthopaedic Tissue Engineering Steering Committee Chairperson, 1998-present
  • Woodruff School Faculty Fellow, 2004-2008

Representative Publications

See Google Scholar page attached to profile.


  • U.S. Patent Application (Pending) – Title: Systems and Methods to Affect Anatomical Structures. Yash Kolambkar, Dietmar Hutmacher and Robert E. Guldberg.

  • U.S. Patent Application  – Title: Biomolecular Coating for Implants. Andres J. Garcia, Catherine Reyes, Timothy Petrie, Zvi Schwartz, Barbara Boyan, Jenny Raynor, David Collard, Abigail Wojtowicz, Robert E. Guldberg, U.S. Patent No.: 8,114,431 B2, Issued Feb. 14, 2012.

  • U.S. Patent  – Title: Bioreactor and Methods for Tissue Growth and Conditioning.  Christopher V. Gemmiti and Robert E. Guldberg, U.S. Patent No.: US 7,416,884 B2, Issued Aug. 26, 2008.

  • U.S. Patent – Title: Loading Bearing Biocompatible Device.  Barbara D. Boyan, Robert. E. Guldberg, Stephen J. Kennedy, David N. Ku.  U.S. Patent No.: US2005/0273178 A1, Issued Dec. 8, 2005.