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Michele Marcolongo

Michele Marcolongo

Department Head and Professor

Contact Information

LeBow 444
Biomaterials Laboratory Group


  • BS, 1986, Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • MS, 1989, Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
  • MS, 1992, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • PhD, 1995, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Professional History

  • 1986 - 1990 — GENERAL ELECTRIC AEROSPACE, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Mechanical Design Engineer (1988-1990)
    Space Technology Engineering Program (1986-1988)
  • 1990 - 1994 — UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Research Fellow(1990-1994) 
    Biomechanics Laboratory Supervisor (1991-1994)
  • 1994 - 1997 — DEPUY DUPONT ORTHOPAEDICS, Newark, Delaware
    Biomedical Research Engineer
  • 1997 - Present — DREXEL UNIVERSITY, Department of Materials Science and Engineering with appointments in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering, Philadelphia, PA
    Assistant Professor (1997-2004)
    Associate Professor (2004-Present)
    Associate Vice Provost for Research (2006-Present, half-appointment)
  • 2002-2004 — GELIFEX, Philadelphia, PA
    Chairman and Co-Founder, sold to Synthes Spine (2004)

Honors and Awards

  • NIH Nanotechnology in Medicine Study Section (2007)
  • Editorial Board, J. Biomed. Mater. Res (2007- )
  • Frontiers in Engineering (NAE) participant, 2007
  • Appointed to Presidential Advisory Council, Society for Biomaterials, 2006-2007
  • Orthopaedic Research Society, Hip Society Award: Otto Aufranc Award, 2006
  • President, Philadelphia Spine Research Society, 2005-Present
  • Synthes Spine Board Member, Non-fusion Technologies, 2004-Present
  • Chair for the Society for Biomaterials Orthopaedic Special Interest Group, 2005-2006
  • Member, NIH Center for Scientific Review, NIBIB, Biomaterials and Biosurfaces, 2005-Present
  • Drexel University, College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award 2003
  • Society for Biomaterials Participation and Leadership Recognition for Program Chair for Orthopaedic Special Interest Group, 2002
  • Member, NIH Center for Scientific Review, ZRG1 SSS-5 915) SBIR/STTR Orthopedic Medicine: 2001-Present
  • Research Fellowship, 1991-1994, University of Pennsylvania Research Fellowship, 1990-1991
  • GE Re-entry Systems General Manager Employee Recognition Award, 1988
  • Licensed Professional Engineer, State of PA (1998-Present)
  • GE RE-entry Systems Cost Improvement Awards for Increased Production Efficiency, 1987
  • Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honor Society, 1985