John A. Frangos is formerly Professor of Bioengineering at UCSD and the Founder of the La Jolla Bioengineering Institute (LJBI), a not-for-profit research institute that specializes in research concerning diseases whose origin and treatment are rooted in cell membrane mechanics. Dr. Frangos received his BES from The Johns Hopkins University, MS from Stanford University and PhD from Rice University in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Frangos has been the leading pioneer in the field of mechanochemical signal transduction in the cardiovascular and skeletal systems. His lab has received over $25 million in federal research funding. Dr. Frangos has over 126 peer-reviewed publications and is the holder of 6 patents. He serves on multiple editorial boards and scientific committees, and he is a Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is the Chair of USK’s Natural Science Department and oversees all research programs.