Nicholas Peppas

University of Texas at Austin

Nicholas A. Peppas

The University of Texas at Austin

Cockrell Family Regents Chair,

Department of Pediatrics, Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care, Dell Medical School,

Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, College of Pharmacy,

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering


Nicholas A. Peppas, Sc.D., is the Cockrell Family Regents Chaired Professor in the Departments of Chemical, Biomedical Engineering, Pediatrics, Surgery and Pharmacy, and Director of the Institute of Biomaterials, Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine of the University of Texas at Austin. Over the past 43 years he has set the fundamentals and rational design of biomedical systems and developed models of drug and protein diffusion in controlled release devices and biological tissues. In 2012 he received the Founders Award of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and in 2018 he received the Adam Yarmolinsky Award of the National Academy of Medicine, the highest recognitions of these two Academies, for his contributions to the field. In 2008, AIChE named him “one of the 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era”. Peppas is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of France, the Royal Academy of Spain, the Academy of Athens, the International Academy of Biomedical Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Italian Society of Natural Sciences, and the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas. He has served as President of the International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (2008-16), Chair of the Engineering Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Chair of the Council of BME Chairs, President of the Society for Biomaterials and President of the Controlled Release Society. He is the Editor of the journal “Regenerative Biomaterials”, and Deputy Editor of the journal “Science Advances”. He is a Fellow of AAAS, AIChE, APS, ACS, MRS, SFB, BMES, AIMBE, CRS, AAPS, and ASEE. Peppas holds a Dipl. Eng. from the National Technical University of Athens (1971) and a Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1973). He has been awarded honorary doctorates from the Universities of Ghent (Belgium), Parma (Italy), Athens (Greece), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Patras (Greece), National Technical University of Athens (Greece), Thessaloniki (Greece) and University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), as well as Honorary Professorships at Sichuan University, Peking Union Medical College, the PLA Hospital and Medical School, Beihang University in Beijing, and Northwestern Polytechnic University in Xi’an, China.