Benjamin Shepherd, PhD, Associate Director, R&D, Therapeutics – Dr. Shepherd has more than 15 years of experience in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine research. Dr. Shepherd’s research in vascular biology and microvascular tissue engineering has been focused on the ability to use creative approaches to generate microvascular networks to support the fabrication and surgical implantation of prevascularized neotissues. In addition to these research interests, he has successfully led early-stage research programs in liver biology, oncology and directed differentiation of stem cells within 3D tissues. Prior to joining Organovo in 2009, he was an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Medicine, where he also conducted postdoctoral training. In addition to his appointment at Yale, he was a staff perfusionist at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Dr. Shepherd is board certified clinical perfusionist (C.C.P.), received his Ph.D. in Physiological Sciences from the University of Arizona and a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Washington.