Ethan Lippmann, PhD

Dr. Ethan Lippmann graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 2006. He next trained as a Dahlke/Hougen graduate fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the supervision of Dr. Eric Shusta. During this time, he pioneered the use of human iPSCs (hPSCs) for constructing in vitro models of the blood-brain barrier. After defending his thesis in 2012, he transitioned to the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery to conduct research on spinal cord tissue engineering in the laboratory of Dr. Randolph Ashton. As a postdoctoral fellow, he developed novel paradigms for generating neural cells from hPSCs, and during this time he was supported by a fellowship from the Wisconsin Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center and a National Research Service Award from the NIH. In the fall of 2015, Dr. Lippmann joined the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Vanderbilt University to continue his efforts in the fields of neurovascular modeling and therapeutic discovery.