John P. Puccinelli received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an undergraduate, Dr. Puccinelli specialized in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. His graduate work focused on Cellular Scale Engineering in the Microtechnology, Medicine and Biology (MMB) Lab under Prof. David Beebe. There he developed accessible microfluidic high throughput and co-culture systems to study the cellular microenvironment, cell stress, and cell-cell interactions.

As a student, Dr. Puccinelli ventured into many entrepreneurial endeavors. Two technologies, the SpineDr (an undergraduate design project to better diagnose spinal instability) and Ratio Drug Delivery (which develops technology for patch-based large molecule drug delivery), led to his teams placing first in the G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition two consecutive years. Ratio then placed third in the WI Governor's Competition for Business and was a finalist in California's Jungle Media Business Competition after which Ratio Inc. was formed.

After finishing his Ph.D. in January 2010, Dr. Puccinelli started as an Associate Faculty Associate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the UW. Here is able to give back to the department that shaped his career and to the next generation of students. His primary responsibilities include instructing, advising, recruiting, managing the shared and teaching labs, and serving in the departmental accreditation and development processes. Most of all, he enjoys working with students in the BME Design Courses and advising students in both their curriculum and career paths.

Dr. Puccinelli started his teaching experiences as a teaching assistant for Physiology 335, BME 510-Tissue Engineering, and developing portions of BME 601-BIOME and InterEGR 301. He is currently developing and co-developing laboratories in BME 430-Biomaterials, BME 511-Tissue Engineering Lab, and BME 550-BioMEMS, as well as instructing BME 517-Biology in Engineering Seminar, BME 545-Engineering Extracellular Matrices and BME Design. Most recently Dr. Puccinelli was honored to be named Professor of the Year by BMES for 2010-2011.