Dr. Hammer is currently the Alfred G. and Meta A. professor of Bioengineering and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He has 235 publications, and an H-factor of 75 (Google Scholar). He is currently funded by the NIH, NSF, and DOE. He won an NSF PYI, was the BMES Distinguished Lecture in 2006, and was Chair of Bioengineering at Penn from 2000-2007. He recently served as the Chair of the Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Study Section at the NIH, and will be the Chair of the upcoming Gordon Research Conference on Bioinspired Materials in 2020.