Alan J. Russell is director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and serves as a professor of surgery with secondary appointments in the departments of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology. Additionally, Russell is the executive director of the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative and director of the National Tissue Engineering Center. He received his baccalaureate degree in Biochemistry and Applied Molecular Biology from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (United Kingdom) in 1984, and his doctorate in Biological Chemistry from Imperial College, the University of London, in 1987. Russell has been a NATO Research Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Alexander Klibanov at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founded a successful biotechnology company, Agentase LLC. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Carnegie Award for Excellence in Science and Technology.