Charles Gersbach has been named the Rooney Family Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering.
The professorship, established in 2014 by a gift from Timothy Rooney E’80, G’82 and Mary Rooney as part of the Vinik Faculty Challenge, honors an associate professor at Pratt whose work addresses societal grand challenges. The chair was initially held by Nenad Bursac, a leader in cardiac and skeletal tissue engineering, who has been promoted to a full professorship.
Gersbach’s research uses gene editing techniques to treat genetic diseases or repair and regenerate tissues. Most recently, his work has focused on the emerging technology called CRISPR-Cas9, which he has used to move toward a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, turn genes on and off with light, and control gene expression through epigenetic markers.