Faculty Directory
Guillermo A. Ameer

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Professor of Surgery

Daniel Hale Williams Professor


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech B382
Evanston, IL 60208-3107

847-467-2992Email Guillermo Ameer


Ameer Research Lab


Biomedical Engineering


D.Sc. Chemical Engineering
MIT, Cambridge, MA

B.S Chemical Engineering (Hons)
University of Texas, Austin, TX

Research Interests

On Demand Patient-Specific Medical Devices, Regenerative Engineering, Tissue Engineering, Wound Healing in Diabetes, Monitoring and Controlling the Foreign Body Response, Biomaterials and Cell-Material Interactions, and Targeted Delivery of Therapeutic Molecules, Biomacromolecules, and Cells. 

Significant Recognition

  • Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Northwestern University Drew Senyei, MD Translational Research Award, 2006
  • American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, 2006
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award: Biodegradable elastomeric composite scaffolds for ligament reconstruction, 2006
  • Illinois Institute of Regenerative Medicine: Stem cell-based vascular tissue engineering Award, 2006
  • Wallace H. Coulter Early Career Translational Research Award, 2005

Courses Taught

  • BME344 (Biological Performance of Materials): "Structure-property relationships of materials, physical chemistry of surfaces and interfaces, materials-tissue interactions, applications to the selection and design of materials for medical implants and devices"
  • BME346 (Tissue Engineering): " In vivo molecular, cellular, and organ engineering, with an emphasis on the foundations, techniques, experiments, and clinical applications of tissue engineering"

Selected Publications

  • Jisheng Xiao, Siyu Chen, Ji Yi, Hao F. Zhang, Guillermo A. Ameer, “A Cooperative Copper Metal?Organic Framework-Hydrogel System Improves Wound Healing in Diabetes”, Advanced Functional Materials, (2017)
  • Eun Ji Chung, Matthew J. Sugimoto, Jason L. Koh, Guillermo A. Ameer, “A biodegradable tri-component graft for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction”, Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, (2017)
  • Robert Van Lith, Evan Baker, Henry Ware, Jian Yang, Adam Cyrus Farsheed, Cheng Sun, Guillermo Antonio Ameer, “3D-Printing Strong High-Resolution Antioxidant Bioresorbable Vascular Stents”, Advanced Materials Technologies, (2016)
  • Bin Jiang, Rachel Suen, Jason A. Wertheim, Guillermo A. Ameer, “Targeting Heparin to Collagen within Extracellular Matrix Significantly Reduces Thrombogenicity and Improves Endothelialization of Decellularized Tissues”, Biomacromolecules, (2016)
  • Yunxiao Zhu, Ryan Hoshi, Siyu Chen, Ji Yi, Chongwen Duan, Robert D. Galiano, Hao F. Zhang, Guillermo A. Ameer, “Sustained release of stromal cell derived factor-1 from an antioxidant thermoresponsive hydrogel enhances dermal wound healing in diabetes”, Journal of Controlled Release, (2016)
  • Robert Van Lith, Xuesong Wang, Guillermo Ameer, “Biodegradable Elastomers with Antioxidant and Retinoid-like Properties”, ACS Biomaterial Science and Engineering, (2016)
  • Bin Jiang, Rachel Suen, Jiao Jing Wang, Zheng J. Zhang, Jason A. Wertheim, Guillermo A. Ameer, “Mechanocompatible Polymer-Extracellular-Matrix Composites for Vascular Tissue Engineering”, Advanced healthcare materials, (2016)
  • Bin Jiang, Louisiane Perrin, Dina Kats, Thomas Meade, Guillermo Ameer, “Enabling non-invasive assessment of an engineered endothelium on ePTFE vascular grafts without increasing oxidative stress”, Biomaterials, (2015)
  • Ameer, Guillermo A.; Wertheim, Jason A.; Jiang, Bin; Akgun, Berke; Lam, Ryan C., “A polymer-extracellular matrix composite with improved thromboresistance and recellularization properties”, Acta Biomaterialia, (2015)
  • Yang, Jian; et al.; Hwang, Suk-Won; Lee, Chi Hwan; Cheng, Huanyu, “Biodegradable elastomers and silicon nanomembranes/nanoribbons for stretchable, transient electronics, and biosensors”, Nano Letters, (2015)
  • Ameer, Guillermo A.; Kibbe, Melina R.; Webb, Antonio R.; Gregory, Elaine K.; Vercammen, Janet M., “Periadventitial atRA citrate-based polyester membranes reduce neointimal hyperplasia and restenosis after carotid injury in rats”, American journal of physiology. Heart and circulatory physiology, (2014)
  • Ameer, Guillermo A.; Baler, Kevin; Yang, Jian; Hoshi, Ryan A.; Van Lith, Robert, “A thermoresponsive biodegradable polymer with intrinsic antioxidant properties”, Biomacromolecules, (2014)
  • Ameer, Guillermo A.; Baler, Kevin; Szleifer, Igal; Michael, Raman, “Albumin hydrogels formed by electrostatically triggered self-assembly and their drug delivery capability”, Biomacromolecules, (2014)
  • Ameer, Guillermo A.; Baler, Kevin; Hoshi, Ryan A.; Allen, Josephine B.; Ball, Jordan P., “Advanced nanocomposites for bone regeneration”, Biomaterials Science, (2014)
  • Kibbe, Melina R.; Ameer, Guillermo A.; Yang, Jian; van Lith, Robert; Gregory, Elaine K., “Engineering biodegradable polyester elastomers with antioxidant properties to attenuate oxidative stress in tissues”, Biomaterials, (2014)
  • Szleifer, I.; Baler, K.; Martin, O.A.; Carignano, M.A.; Ameer, G.A., “Electrostatic unfolding and interactions of albumin driven by pH changes: A molecular dynamics study”, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, (2014)
  • Hoshi, Ryan A.; Van Lith, Robert; Jen, Michele C.; Allen, Josephine B.; Lapidos, Karen A., “The blood and vascular cell compatibility of heparin-modified ePTFE vascular grafts”, Biomaterials, (2013)
  • Sharma, Arun K.; Bury, Matthew I.; Fuller, Natalie J.; Marks, Andrew J.; Kollhoff, David M., “Cotransplantation with specific populations of spina bifida bone marrow stem/progenitor cells enhances urinary bladder regeneration”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, (2013)
  • M. C. Jen, M. C. Serrano, R. van Lith and G. A. Ameer, “Polymer-Based Nitric Oxide Therapies: Recent Insights for Biomedical Applications”, Advanced Functional Materials, (2012)
  • A. K. Sharma, M. I. Bury, N. J. Fuller, D. I. Rozkiewicz, P. V. Hota, D. M. Kollhoff, M. J. Webber, N. Tapaskar, J. W. Meisner, P. J. Lariviere, S. DeStefano, D. Wang, G. A. Ameer and E. Y. Cheng, “Growth factor release from a chemically modified elastomeric poly(1,8-octanediol-co-citrate) thin film promotes angiogenesis in vivo”, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part a, (2012)
  • Lapidos, K. A.; Ameer, G. A.; Sprague, S. M., “Impact of serum source and inflammatory cytokines on the isolation of endothelial colony-forming cells from peripheral blood”, Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, (2012)
  • E. J. Chung, M. Sugimoto, J. L. Koh and G. A. Ameer, “Low-pressure foaming: a novel method for the fabrication of porous scaffolds for tissue engineering”, Tissue engineering. Part C, Methods, (2012)
  • G Ameer, J Yang, A Webb, “Novel biodegradable elastomeric scaffold for tissue engineering and light scattering fingerprinting methods for testing the same”, US Patent App. 12/370,312, (2009)
  • GA Ameer, Y Zhang, “Method for Removal or Inactivation of Heparin”, US Patent App. 12/505,985, (2009)


  • Transdermal Thermal Polymerization (U.S. patent #7,097,855 issued 08-2006) G.A. Ameer, E.T. Crumpler, and R. Langer
  • Multidimensional Elastic Light Scattering (Application #11/261,452) V. Backman, H. Roy, R. Wali, Y. Kim , Y. Liu, J. Yang , J. Allen, A. Webb, and G.A. Ameer.
  • Apparatus for Treating Whole Blood (U.S. Patent #6099730 issued 08-2000) G. A. Ameer , R. Langer, M. Rupnik, H. Ploegh, and E. Grovender.
  • Cell Delivery Using Controllable Degradable Mesh-Gel Constructs (U.S. Patent #6699470 issued 03-2004) G. A. Ameer and R. Langer.
  • Biodegradable Polymer (Application # 601340432, US and International, pending) Y. Wang, G. A. Ameer, and R. Langer
  • Biodegradable Elastomers for Tissue Engineering (Pending) J. Yang, A. Webb, and G.A. Ameer.
  • Functionalizing Medical Implants: A Tissue Engineering Approach (Pending) J. Yang and G.A. Ameer.
  • A Novel(diol-co-citrate) Hydroxyapatite Composite for Clinical Fixation Devices (Pending) ,J. Yang, H. Qiu, and G.A. Ameer.
  • Receptor-Based Blood Detoxification System (Pending) C. Daniels, S. Sprague, and G.A. Ameer.