Diane Hoffman-Kim, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Medical Science and Engineering in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology and the Center for Biomedical Engineering. She received her B.S. in Optics Engineering from the University of Rochester, her Ph.D. in Medical Science from Brown University, and her postdoctoral training from M.I.T., Harvard, and the Bunting Institute. Professor Hoffman-Kim teaches courses in tissue engineering and biomedical engineering. The goal of Professor Hoffman-Kim's research is to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie axon guidance, both during the formation of the precise connections of the nervous system and during the regrowth of axons after injury. Her long-term objective is to apply this knowledge to the development of biomaterials and tissue engineered nerve substitutes for nerve regeneration.