Benjamin Cohen

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering
Boston University, 2013

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering
Cornell University, 2016

 

Research

Ben is a 5thyear PhD student developing techniques to generate tissue engineered auricular (ear) cartilage. His research focuses on overcoming the challenges of autologous cell source identification and 3D hydrogel construct stability to make tissue engineering a viable alternative for clinical ear reconstruction. Ben has demonstrated that auricular chondrocytes (ear cells) can be expanded extensively in the lab and can also be combined with human mesenchymal stem cells to create new auricular cartilage that is identical to native human. He has also utilized injection molding to generate accurate replicas of patient-specific ears, and is now researching the application of hypoxia (low oxygen) environments to improve the geometric and mechanical stability of engineered ear cartilage.

Personal

Ben is from Niskayuna, NY and did his undergraduate work at Boston University in Biomedical Engineering, where he also played Ultimate Frisbee and worked in audio/video technologies. Ben is a member of the Comedy Flops, an Ithaca-based improv comedy troupe. He enjoys playing guitar, going rock climbing, and is an avid New York sports fan (Go Yankees!). He is an active member of the BME community and is a past President of the Cornell Biomedical Engineering Society chapter, and is also co-president of the Cornell Jewish Graduate Student Association. Ben previously volunteered at the Ithaca Sciencenter and works with a LEGO Robotics afterschool program for Ithaca Elementary Schools.

Publications

Cohen, BP, Hooper, RC, Puetzer, J, Nordberg, R, Asanbe, O, Hernandez, KA, Spector, JA, Bonassar, LJ. Long Term Morphological and Microarchitectural Stability of Tissue Engineered, Patient-Specific AuriclesIn Vivo.Tissue Engineering Pt. A. 22 (5), 461, 2016

Morrison, KA, Cohen, BP, Asanbe, O, Dong, X, Harper, A, Bonassar, LJ, Spector, JA. Optimizing Cell Sourcing for Clinical Translation of Tissue Engineered Ears. Biofabrication. 9 (1), 15004, 2016

Cohen BP*, Bernstein JL*, Lin A, Harper A, Bonassar LJ, Spector JA. Tissue Engineering Auricular Cartilage Using Extensively Passaged Human Auricular Chondrocytes. Annals of Plastic Surgery, 2018. In Press Online
*co-first authors

Select Conference Posters and Presentations

Cohen BP, Hooper RC, Puetzer J, Nordberg R, Golas AJ, Asanbe O, Hernandez KA, Spector JA, Bonassar LJ. Patient-Specific Auricular Cartilage Constructs Using High-Density Collagen for Ear Reconstruction. Podium Talk, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, San Antonia, TX, 2014

Cohen BP, Asanbe OA, Spector JA, Bonassar LJ. Auricular Cartilage Formation by Co-Implantation of Auricular Chondrocytes and Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Poster, International Cartilage Repair Society World Congress, Chicago, IL, 2015

Cohen, BP, Asanbe OA, Spector JA, Bonassar LJ. Co-Implantation of Auricular Chondrocytes and Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Auricular Cartilage Generation. Poster, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society World Congress, Boston, MA, 2015

Cohen, BP, Bonassar, LJ. The Effects of Hypoxic Cell Expansion and Tissue Culture on Auricular Cartilage Engineering. Poster, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis MN, 2016

Cohen, BP, Morrison, KA, Asanbe, O, Kaymakcalan, O, Spector, JA, Bonassar, LJ. Full-Scale Tissue Engineered Auricles through Auricular Chondrocyte-Mesenchymal Stem Cell Co-Implantation. Podium Talk, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society Americas Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, 2016

Cohen, BP, Bernstein, J, Harper, A, Spector, JA, Bonassar, LJ. Extensively Passaged Human Auricular Chondrocytes Retain the Capacity to Generate Auricular Cartilage In Vivo. Podium Talk, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 2017

Cohen, BP, Bernstein, J, Lin, A, Toyoda, Y, Harper, A, Spector, JA, Bonassar, LJ. 3D-Printed External Cages Preserve Shape of Human Tissue Engineered Ear Cartilage In Vivo. Poster, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society Americas Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, 2017

Select Honors and Awards

Cornell Training Program in Stem Cell Research Predoctoral Fellowship

Student Scientist Award, TERMIS-AM 2017 Conference

Student Scientist Award, TERMIS-AM 2016 Conference

Cornell University 6thStem Cell Symposium Poster Award, 2ndPlace

Caroline Coffey Fund Travel Award, Cornell University

Cornell Jewish Graduate Student Association – President, March 2015 – Present

Cornell Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) – President, January 2014 – December 2015

Alpha Eta Mu Beta

Tau Beta Pi

Boston University Engineering Scholars Program

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