The CBMM Team

Matthew Becker, PhD, Co-Director

Dr. Matthew Becker, Associate Professor of Polymer Science for The University of Akron acts as co-director for the Center for Biomaterials and Medicine. Dr. Becker has extensive experience with biomaterials, and has focused research on the synthesizing of macromolecular materials to stimulate and influence cell function. Dr. Becker attended Northwest Missouri State University, and obtained his master’s and PhD in organic chemistry from Washington University.

William Landis, PhD, Co-Director

Dr. William Landis, Professor of Polymer Science and G. Stafford Whitby Chair in Polymer Science at The University of Akron serves as co-director of the Center for Biomaterials and Medicine.  Dr. Landis has extensive experience with several aspects of connective tissue molecular biology, biochemistry, structure and function.  Dr. Landis attended the University of Massachusetts, and obtained his PhD in biophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

David Kay, MD, Director, Orthopaedics Platform

Dr. David Kay, acting Orthopaedic Surgeon for Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center, Akron City Hospital, Akron General Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron heads the Biomaterials and Wound Healing Platform for the Center for Biomaterials and Medicine. Dr. Kay has done extensive research in biomechanical studies, and held an assistant professorship for The University of Akron’s Institute for Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Kay obtained his MD from the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo.

Eliot Mostow, MD, MPH, Director, Wound Healing Platform

Dr. Eliot Mostow, Chair of the Wound Healing Biomarkers Team acts as the head of the Dermatology Section at Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy and chairman of the Dermatology Section at Akron General Medical Center. Dr. Mostow has participated in countless studies on wound healing, and led a course for NEOMED’s CME program on dermatology for several years.

Vivek Narayan, MD, MMin&Soc, MBA, Program Manager

Dr. Vivek Narayan has a background in business, medicine and psychoanalytical theory.  He is responsible for operationalizing the Patient-Centered Innovation Continuum at CBMM.  By working with students, clinicians and researchers, Dr. Narayan facilitates the creation of a “proof of concept” or “minimal viable product” that can then be leveraged to seek external public or private funding sources.  He is interested in quantitative business models and has developed quantitative models for automated futures trading.