Christopher Batich

Christopher Batich

Professional Experience


1981-Present Materials Science and Engineering Dept., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
(Professor since 1988)

2002-Present Professor (joint), Biomedical Engineering Department

2010-2014 Director of Pilot Programs, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
2008-2010 Founding Associate Director and Chief Operating Officer, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (
1997-2002 Founding Director, UF Graduate Biomedical Engineering Program (Interim first year)
1974-1981 Staff Scientist, Central Research Dept., DuPont Co., Wilmington, DE
1967-1969 Teaching Assistant, Chemistry Dept., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
1965-1967 Quality Control Chemist, White Laboratories (pharmaceutical company), Kenilworth, NJ


  • 1971-1974, University of Basel (Switzerland); Post-doctoral (physical chemistry) with Professor Edgar Heilbronner, Director of the Physical Chemistry Institute.
  • 1967-1971, Rutgers University; Ph.D.(organic chemistry),1974; thesis advisor, Edel Wasserman
  • 1961-1965, While residing in New Jersey, attended The Pennsylvania State University and obtained a B.S. (pre-medicine), 1965. Financial support was by a PTA scholarship, various loans (all repaid) and part-time work in kitchens, libraries, and laboratories.

Professional Membership

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
    Polymer Chemistry Division
    Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division
  • Society of Biomaterials
    Membership Committee (1995-2000)
    Awards Committee (1996-7)
    Dental Materials Special Interest Group, vice chair (2000-2005)
    Faculty Advisor for Local Student Chapter (1997-present)
  • American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE)
    Academic Council (1997-2002)
    College of Fellows (elected in 1999)

Professional Activities and Honors

  • Phi Lambda Upsilon (Honorary Chemistry Group). Section Vice-President, 1970
  • Chairman: Organic Chemists Club (Delaware), American Chemical Society, 1978
  • Chairman: College-Industry Relations Committee, Delaware Section (ACS), 1979 & 1980
  • Chairman: North-east ESCA Users Group, Nomination Committee, 1980-1981
  • Member: Florida Section ACS, Public Affairs Committee, 1983
  • College of Engineering Sabbatical, 1990-1991; Akzo Biomedical Research Center, Obernburg, Germany
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching (“TIP”), F-1995
  • Listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 1st Edition, 1996.
  • Listed in The Official Who’s Who of American Inventors, 5th Edition, 1998-99.
  • Professional Excellence Program Award (“PEP”), 1998
  • American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow (1999)
  • Co-Chair, AIMBE Public Information Committee (1999 -present)
  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Millennium Edition. (2000)
  • College of Engineering Nominee for the 2002 Ernest L. Boyer International Award of Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology (2001)
  • AIMBE College of Fellows Selection Committee – Medical Instrumentation Subcommittee, Chair (2006-2011)
  • Inventors Recognition Ceremony; UF Office of Technology Licensing; March 25, 2010
  • 2011 Superior Accomplishment Award from UF for “Mentoring of PhD students” (April 30)
  • Sabbatical (2 semester) August 2011-May 2012

University Service

  • Graduate Student Co-Coordinator for Materials Department, 1984-1990
  • Faculty Senate, 1986-1988
  • Biomedical Engineering, curriculum co-organizer and advisor, 1984-1998
  • Biotechnology Patent Committee, 1984-1995
  • FEEDS coordinator for off-campus students, 1987-1991
  • Graduate Council Fellowship Selection Committee for Engineering, 1987-1990
  • Search Committee for UF, VP Research and Dean of Graduate School, 1993
  • College of Engineering, Tenure and Promotion Committee, 1991-1994
  • Chairman: College of Engineering Biomedical Engineering Graduate Academic Program (BEGAP), 1994-1998
  • Member MD/PhD Program Committee, 1994-2000
  • UF Advisory Board of the University of Florida’s Institute for Science Policy (1998-2002)
  • Biomedical Engineering Department Faculty Search Committee (2002- January 2005)
  • Materials Science and Engineering Department Curriculum Committee (2002-4)
  • University of Florida Fringe Benefits Committee (2001-2003)
  • Major Analytical Instrumentation Center Advisory Board (2002-present)
  • University Faculty Nominations Committee (2004-present)
  • Institute for the Advanced Study of Emerging Pathogens Oversight Board (2004-present)
  • General Clinical Research Center Scientific Advisory Committee (UF) 2005-present (renamed CRC in 2011)
  • Department of Surgery Research Advisory committee (UF) 2005-present
  • Bioterrorism Task Force (2003-2004)
  • Long-range Planning Commitee for MSE (2005-present)
  • Endowed Chair Committee for MSE (2004-present)
  • Nanoposition Search Committee for MSE (2003-2006)
  • Materials Science and Engineering Department Curriculum Committee (2005-present)
  • Search Committee for Emerging Pathogens Institute Director (2006-April 2007)
  • Emerging Pathogens Institute Steering Committee (2004-2008)
  • Clinical and translational science awards, NIH proposal preparation committee (2005-2008)
  • Materials Science and Engineering Department Long-Range Planning Committee (2006-2008)
  • CTSI Executive Operations Committee (2008-present)
  • Pharmacometrics and Systems Biology Advisory Board (Lake Nona) (2011-present)
  • Innovation Council (2017-present)

Reviewer For

  • Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology
  • Engineered Materials Handbook (ASM)
  • J. American Ceramics Society
  • J. American Chemical Society
  • J. Electron Spectroscopy
  • J. Industrial and Engineering Science
  • J. Organic Chemistry
  • J. Physical Chemistry
  • J. Surface and Interfacial Science
  • J. Vacuum Science and Technology
  • Macromolecules
  • National Institutes of Health (research resources, small business grants/SBIR)
  • National Science Foundation
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Petroleum Research Fund
  • J. Applied Biomaterials
  • J. Biomedical Materials Research
  • National Institutes of Health (research resources, small business grants)
  • National Science Foundation
  • Petroleum Research Fund
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • MRS Book Review Board
  • Acta Biomaterialia

Editorial Board

  • Journal of Hepatology (2009- present)
  • International Journal of Polymer Science (2010-present)

Panel Member For

  • Polymer Principles In the Undergraduate Curriculum, Florida ACS meeting, panel discussion (1986).
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, course requiring expert witness (1985-1994).
  • Materials Research Society, Spring 1988 meeting, co-organizer of Adhesion Symposium.

Selective NIH Reviewing Activities

(does not include Long past NIH/SBIR or NSF activities)

  • May 2013; NIH Review Group ZRG1-OTC-X(90) for Cancer Therapeutics AREA Grant Applications.
  • October 2012, NIH Review Panel ZRG1-OTC-X. Cancer Therapeutics AREA grant applications.
  • March 2012, NIH Review Panel on Microphysiological Systems (joint program with DARPA)
  • February 2012; NIH Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group (Novel Therapeutics for cancer treatment) using R15 mechanism
  • September 23-24, 2010; Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group 2011/01 DT (Novel Therapeutics for cancer treatment)
  • July 2009 – Challenge Grant Reviewing Panels (2)
  • July 16, 2008 – Special Emphasis Panel on “Neurodevices and Bioengineering” – ZRG1 ETTN-A(03) (Role: Chair)
  • June 12-13, 2008 – Oncological Sciences Integrated Review Group for Developmental Therapeutics Study Section
  • October 20, 2006 – Special Emphasis Panel on “Polymers and Probes” – ZRG1 BST-A(02) (Role: Member)

Other Recent Meeting Activities:

  • Co-chair, “Surface Analysis” session of Soc. for Biomat. Meeting (San Francisco, 1995).
  • Co-chair, “Silicones” session of World Biomat. Congress Meeting (Toronto, 1996).
  • Co-chair, “Modification of Biomaterials Surfaces” session of Soc. for Biomat. Meeting (New Orleans, 1997).
  • Co-chair, “Progress in Drug Delivery” session of Soc. for Society of Biomaterials Meeting (St. Paul, Minn., 2001)
  • Chair, “Dental Materials” session for Society of Biomaterials Meeting (Tampa, FL 2002)
  • Moderator for session at “Regeneration One” meeting at Amelia Island (Dec 2007)