Dr. Derek Doroski

Dr. Derek Doroski

Professor of Biology

Professor of Engineering

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Dr. Doroski currently serves as a professor of biology and engineering. He received his doctorate in biomedical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and currently teaches freshman biology, developmental biology, and rigid body dynamics. Dr. Doroski’s experimental research is focused on stem cell delivery and tissue engineering and has been published in scientific journals such as Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, and PLOS One. He is a regular speaker on IVF, stem cells and other bioethical topics. Dr. Doroski’s analysis demonstrating how Humanae vitae has advanced reproductive healthcare contributed to the book Why Humanae Vitae Is Still Right, which was edited by Janet Smith. He has also written and spoken on the dominance of adult stem cells in clinical trials, how to understand when organisms begin from a biological perspective, and what the biological data says about the metaphysics of embryo fusion. His work has been presented at conferences on Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine and published in journals such as the Linacre Quarterly, the journal of the Catholic Medical Association, and Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.

  • Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, 2004-2011
    • Program: Biomedical Engineering, PhD (May 2011)
    • Advisor: Johnna S. Temenoff, Associate Professor
    • Minor: Life Science
    • Graduate PhD Thesis: The Effects of Tensile Loading and Extracellular Environmental Cues on Fibroblastic Differentiation and Extracellular Matrix Production by Mesenchymal Stem Cells.
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  • Pennsylvania State University, 2000-2004
    • Major: Engineering Science, B.S.
    • Minor: Biomedical Engineering
    • Undergraduate Thesis: Scanning Acoustic Microscopy of Biological Tissues and Cells.
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Fellowships, Grants, & Honors

  • George Fellow, 2009-2010
  • Arthritis Foundation travel award, 2007
  • Honored on The Chancellor’s List 2006
  • Graduated with distinction (top 12% of engineering class), 2004
  • Schreyers honors college scholar, 2004
  • Consistent recognition on Dean’s list at Penn State for 7 out of 8 semesters, 2000-2004
  • Vernon Neubert Dynamics Award winner, 2003


  • National Catholic Bioethics Center, 2009-present
  • Society for Biomaterials, 2008-09, 2011-12
  • Biomedical Engineering Society, 2008-2009
  • Georgia Tech Students for Life (pro-life), 2008-2011
    • Secretary, 2009-2010
Select Publications
  • RR Asawa, JC Belkowski, DA Schmitt, EM Hernandez, AE Babcock, CK Lochner, HN Baca, CM Rylatt, IS Steffes, JJ VanSteenburg, KE Diaz, DM Doroski. Transient cellular adhesion on poly(ethylene-glycol)- dimethacrylate hydrogels facilitates a novel stem cell bandage approach. PLoS One. 2018 Aug 23; 13(8): e0202825.
  • R Hershenov and DM Doroski. Twin, Inc. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. 2018; 39(4): 301-319.
  • DM Doroski, How Humanae vitae has advanced reproductive health. The Linacre Quarterly. 2014; 81(3): 286-294.
  • DM Doroski, ME Levenston, JS Temenoff. Cyclic tensile culture promotes fibroblastic differentiation of marrow stromal cells encapsulated in poly(ethylene glycol)-based hydrogels. Tissue Eng Part A. 2010 Jul 28; 16(11):3457-66.
  • DM Doroski, KS Brink, JS Temenoff. Techniques for characterization of tissue-engineered tendon and ligament. Biomaterials. 2007 Jan; 28(3):187-202.

Full List

  • EM Elliott, MJ Mosimann, LA Mitzel, IJ Sanford, DM Doroski. Types of Stem Cells Used in US-Based Clinical Trials Between 1999-2014. 2019 (In writing).
  • EM Elliott, MJ Mosimann, LA Mitzel, IJ Sanford, DM Doroski. Types of Stem Cells Used in Clinical Trials Outside the US Between 1999-2014. 2019 (In writing).
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