Peter I. Lelkes

Professor & Chair, Bioengineering

Office Hours

Room 811
Tuesday, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Thursday, 1:00 - 3:00 PM


Peter I. Lelkes, PhD, is the Laura H. Carnell Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Bioengineering in the College of Engineering at Temple University. Dr. Lelkes is also the Inaugural Director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering (TIME) at Temple University’s School of Medicine. Prior to that he was from 2000-2011 the Calhoun Chair Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University in Philadelphia. 

Dr. Lelkes has received numerous honors and awards, nationally and internationally. Amongst them a Forchheimer Visiting Fellowship at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Honorary Professorships at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen, Germany and the Changchun Institute of Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering at Imperial College, London, UK. In 2011 he was inducted as a Fellow of the AIMBE (American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering) and received the 2012 Ben Franklin Key Award from IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.  

Throughout his career of 30+ years, Dr. Lelkes has received over $18 million in funding from numerous federal and private funding sources. Dr. Lelkes has organized several Keystone conferences, published more than 175 peer-reviewed papers, authored more than 50 books / book chapters and made more than 400 presentations nationally and internationally. 

In his “free-time” Dr. Lelkes is an active chamber musician and likes to hike in the mountains.


  • Ph.D. (Dr. rer nat), RWTH Aachen, Germany, 1977
  • M.Sc. (Dipl. Phys.), RWTH Aachen, Germany, 1974

Academic Appointments 

  • Laura H. Carnell Professor and Chair, Bioengineering Department, Temple University, January 2012-present
  • Calhoun Chair Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Drexel University, January 2010-December 2011
  • Full Professor, University of Wisconsin Medical School, September 1991-August 2010

Recent Publications 

  • Botta, G.P., Reginato, M.J. Reichert, M., Rustgi, A.K., and Lelkes, P.I. (2012) Constitutive K-RasG12D Activation of ERK2 Specifically Regulates 3D Invasion of Human Pancreatic Cancer Cells via MMP-1., Mol Cancer Res. 2012 Feb;10(2):183-96.
  • Zhang, Q., Mochalin, V.N., Neitzel, I., Hazeli, K., Niu, J.J., Kontsos, A., Zhou, J.G., Lelkes, P.I., and Gogotsi, Y. (2012) Mechanical Properties and Biomineralization of Multifunctional Nanodiamond-PLLA Composites for Bone Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials. 2012 33:5067-5075. 
  • Lin, L., Perets, A.,  Har-el, Y.,  Varma., D., Li, M., Lazarovici, P., Woerdeman, D.L., and Lelkes, P.I. (2012) Alimentary “Green” Proteins as Electrospun Scaffolds for Skin Regenerative Engineering. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2012 Apr 12. doi: 10.1002/term.1493. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Lecht, S., Rotfeld, E., Arien-Zakay, H., Tabakman, R., Matzner, H., Yaka. R., Lelkes, P.I., and Lazarovici, P. (2012) Neuroprotective effects of nimodipine and nifedipine in the NGF-differentiated PC12 cells exposed to oxygen-glucose deprivation or trophic withdrawal. Int J Dev Neurosci. 30:465-469.
  • Gincberg G, Arien-Zakay H, Lazarovici P, and Lelkes PI. (2012) Neural stem cells: therapeutic potential for neurodegenerative diseases. Br Med Bull. 104:7-19.

Research Interest 

Currently Prof. Lelkes directs a broad interdisciplinary program in regenerative tissue engineering, focusing on nanotechnology-based biomaterials and soft tissue engineering, employing developmental biological principles to enhance the tissue-specific differentiation of embryonic and adult stem cells towards pulmonary, cardiac and neuronal lineages.

Funding Sources

Dr. Lelkes’ basic and translational research has been support by federal (NIH, NSF, NASA, DOE) and state funding agencies (NTI and Dept. of Commerce, Tobacco Settlement Funds) and private Foundations, including the Coulter Foundation. Dr. Lelkes has been the team leader for tissue engineering at the Nanotechnology Institute of Southeastern Pennsylvania (NTI) and was the Co-Director of PATRIC, the Pennsylvania Advanced Textile Research and Innovation Center, focusing on BioNanoTextiles and Stem Cell Biology.