University of Minnesota


Medical Devices Center

Innovation Fellows Alumni

JAMES ANKRUM, PhD (2013-2014)

James joins the 6th class of MDC Innovation fellows. James completed his undergraduate training in biomedical engineering with a focus in ergonomics and human factors at the University of Iowa. With the support of a Churchill Fellowship, he went on to complete a Masters in Engineering Design at Cambridge University focusing on the impact of design decisions on patient care.

After completing his masters, James joined Harvard-MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology to pursue his PhD in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics. During his PhD, James worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from engineered cell-based therapies, to drug delivery, to bio-inspired medical adhesives, to medical devices.

James' career and research interest is focused on identifying unmet clinical needs and establishing collaborations between academia and industry to rapidly foster development of new technologies.

James is new to Minneapolis, relocating after the completion of his PhD in Boston, and is excited to explore the city with his wife and son. He also enjoys the outdoors, camping, hiking, frisbee, and homebrewing.


(Last updated Aug. 2013)

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