Jeffrey Jacot received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1994, followed by six years of industry experience in the design and development of devices for heart surgeries. He received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University in 2005. Following postdoctoral work in the Cardiac Mechanics Research Group at the University of California, San Diego, he joined Rice University in 2008 and the University of Colorado at Denver in 2016.
Jacot has received one of the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER awards, an NIH R01, the Rice Institute for Biosciences and Bioengineering Medical Innovations Award, the Young Innovators in Biomedical Engineering Award from Emory/Georgia Tech, and grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Virginia and L.E. Simmons Family Foundation, and the John S. Dunn foundation.
Jeffrey Jacot, in conjunction with his collaborators, engineers reparative heart tissue using stem cells found in amniotic fluid grown on novel multilayered biomaterials. These tissues are designed to fix heart defects in infants, eliminating the need for heart transplants or multiple and complex surgeries. As associate professor of bioengineering at the University of Colorado Denver, Jacot works alongside surgeons, clinicians, radiologists and biologists to understand the clinical needs in congenital heart defect management and repair, analyze the mechanical and biological processes in heart tissue development, and develop novel biomaterials for tissue-engineered heart muscles.