Mark Ehrensberger PhD

Mark Ehrensberger

Mark Ehrensberger
PhD

Contact Information
445 Biomedical Research Building
3435 Main Street
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York 14214
Phone: (716) 829-3944
Fax: (716) 829-6045
mte@buffalo.edu



Professional Summary:

The overarching goal of my research is to improve human health by enhancing the quality, longevity, and functional performance of orthopaedic implants and associated surgical instruments. My passion for applied and translational research drives most of my work towards the development of innovative technologies, devices, and test methodologies that provide new insight and clinically relevant solutions to current challenges in orthopaedic surgery. My core research interests encompass the areas of orthopaedic biomaterials and orthopaedic biomechanics. The specific focus of my biomaterials research is to characterize and engineer the biological and electrochemical interactions at the surface of metallic orthopaedic implants. The emphasis of my biomechanics research is to develop novel mechanical tests to evaluate the performance of hard and soft tissue repair techniques and devices used in orthopaedic surgery.

Education and Training:

  • PhD, Bioengineering, Syracuse University (2008)
  • MS, Bioengineering, Syracuse University (2002)
  • BS, Bioengineering, Syracuse University (2000)

Employment:

  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University at Buffalo (2018-present)
  • Director, Kenneth A. Krackow MD Orthopaedic Research Lab, Orthopaedics, University at Buffalo (2008-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University at Buffalo (2011–2018)

Awards and Honors:

  • Young Investigators Initiative, US Bone and Joint Decade (2008)
  • Jeanette Wilkins Award, Musculoskeletal Infection Society (2015)
  • Invited Faculty, Technology Innovations for Physicians and Surgeons (2016)
  • Senior Teacher of the Year, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University at Buffalo (2022)

Research Expertise:

  • Applied orthopedic biomechanics
  • Biological and electrochemical interactions at metallic orthopaedic implants

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • September 2022–September 2024
    Electrical Stimulation for Infection Control and Enhanced Osseointegration.
    Applied Research Award, Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $724,658
  • September 2020–September 2023
    Electrical Stimulation for Infection Control of the Skin-Implant Interface of Osseointegrated Prostheses
    Applied Research Award, Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $749,188
  • July 2021–June 2022
    Live Microbe Imaging and Computational Modeling of Antimicrobial Treatments
    UB Center for Advanced Technology in Big Data & Health Sciences, Industry Partner: Garwood Medical Devices
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $86,683
  • July 2021–June 2022
    Computational Modeling of the Electrochemical Microenvironment Adjacent to Cathodically Stimulated Orthopedic Implants
    New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $49,555
  • June 2019–January 2022
    Electrical Stimulation Device for Orthopedic Infection Control
    Technology Transfer Incentive Program, Empire State Development, Industry Partner: Garwood Medical Devices
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $124,862
  • September 2017–October 2019
    An Electrochemical Sense and Respond Osseointegrated Prosthesis, Phase 2
    Office of Naval Research
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $631,974
  • September 2016–September 2017
    An Electrochemical Sense and Respond Osseointegrated Prosthesis
    Office of Naval Research
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $508,352
  • April 2013–April 2014
    A Novel Electrical Stimulation Method for the Eradication/Preventions of Orthopedic Biofilms
    Bruce Holm Memorial Catalyst Fund
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    $50,000
  • October 2010–October 2013
    Electrical Stimulation of Titanium for the Prevention and/or Eradication of A. baumannii and S. aureus Biofilm Infections on Osseointegrated Prostheses
    Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program-Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $621,591
  • January 2010–May 2011
    Engineering the Bioactivity of Absorbable Magnesium Implants for Fracture Fixation and Bone Defect Scaffolds: The Effect of Calcium Phosphate Coatings on In-Vitro Biocorrosion and Osteogenic Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells
    Orthopedic Trauma Association
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    $25,000
  • October 2006–October 2007
    The In-Vitro Biological and Electrochemical Interactions of Electrically Polarized Commercially Pure Titanium Used for Orthopedic and Dental Applications.
    Department of Veteran Affairs
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $25,000
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Contact Information

445 Biomedical Research Building
3435 Main Street
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York 14214
Phone: (716) 829-3944
Fax: (716) 829-6045
mte@buffalo.edu