Judit E. Puskas, Ph. D., P. Eng,
Dr. Puskas started her academic career in 1996. Before that she was involved in polymer research and development in the microelectronic, paint and rubber industries. Her present interests include the integration of breast reconstruction and cancer research, green polymer chemistry, biomimetic processes and biomaterials, living/controlled polymerizations, polymerization mechanisms and kinetics, thermoplastic elastomers and polymer structure/property relationships, and probing the polymer-bio interface. Puskas has been published in more than 370 publications, including technical reports, is an inventor or co-inventor of 31 U.S. patents and applications, and has been Chair or organizer of a number of international conferences. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 1999 PEO (Professional Engineers of Ontario, Canada) Medal in Research & Development, a 2000 Premier's Research Excellence Award, the 2004 Mercator Professorship Award from the DFG, the LANXESS (previously Bayer) Industrial Chair 1998-2008, and the 2009 “Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers” Award of the Rubber Division of ACS, the Woman of Achievement Award, and she was finalist for the Athena Awards. In 2012 she was one of the five winners of the GE Healthymagination Breast Cancer Challenge Award, selected from 400 international applications. In 2014 she was named the Joseph M. Gingo Chair. Her research is now focusing on the integration of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment with breast reconstruction. She founded the International Center of Advanced Elastomers for Healthcare, supported by the Rubber Division of ACS and the Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation.
Professor Puskas is a coinventor of the polymer used on the Taxus® coronary stent, implanted into more than six million patients around the world.