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W. Mark Saltzman, PhD

Goizueta Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Chemical Engineering; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering

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W. Mark Saltzman, PhD



W. Mark Saltzman is an engineer and educator. His research has impacted the fields of drug delivery, biomaterials, nanobiotechnology, and tissue engineering. This work is described in more than 350 research papers and patents. He is also the sole author of three textbooks: Biomedical Engineering, Tissue Engineering, and Drug Delivery. During more than 35 years leading independent research programs at Johns Hopkins, Cornell, and Yale, he has introduced mathematical models for guiding the design of drug delivery systems, developed new methods for drug delivery to brain tumors, produced the first controlled delivery systems for nerve growth factors, the first delivery systems for long-term protection against STDs using antibodies, and new materials for delivery of DNA and RNA. In the course of this work, he has been the primary mentor for 43 doctoral students and 27 postdoctoral associates; many of these scholars are now leading their own independent research programs at top-rate universities.

Prof. Saltzman graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in chemical engineering and received MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering and medical engineering from MIT. He was appointed the Goizueta Foundation Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Yale in 2002. He was the founding chair of Yale’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and served in that role for 12 years. From 2016-2022, he was the Head of Jonathan Edwards College, one of Yale’s fourteen residential colleges.

Prof. Saltzman is an elected member of the US National Academy of Medicine and the US National Academy of Engineering.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987)
  • BS
    Iowa State University (1981)


  • Yale Week in Mexico
    Mexico 2007
    Participated in Yale Week in Mexico, organized by the Yale Club of Mexico, which highlighted the interactions between the University and Mexico. Events included a series of public lectures by Yale professors, as well as performances by the Whiffenpoofs, Yale's oldest a cappella music group. The first two Yale Weeks, in 2005 and 2007, were focused in Monterrey and Mexico City.

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