Rene Olivares-Navarrete, D.D.S., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at VCU. Olivares-Navarrete obtained his D.D.S at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and spent several years in private practice and teaching Dental Biomaterials and Human Physiology in the School of Dentistry at UNAM. In 2006, he obtained his Ph.D. in Biomaterials/Cell Biology (UNAM) focusing on material-cell interactions to elucidate the role of surface chemistry and topography on stem cell behavior. His work as postdoctoral fellow and Senior Research scientist at the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Institute of Technology focused on surface modifications of biomaterials to improve stem cell-biomaterial interactions. Olivares-Navarrete joined the faculty of VCU in 2013. His research group is focused on controlling stem and immune cells through biomaterials properties to enhance the healing and regenerative capacity.