- Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1998
- B.S., Howard University, 1995
Professor Palmer is a global leader in blood substitute research, and engineering biomaterials for use in transfusion medicine and tissue engineering. He is currently working to develop safer, more commercially viable red blood cell substitutes that could tide patients over until they receive a blood transfusion.
Professor Palmer’s research interests encompass the development of novel hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers for a variety of applications in transfusion medicine and tissue engineering. His lab is also developing therapeutics for the detoxification of hemoglobin/heme/iron, non-heme based plasma substitutes, and monocyte/macrophage targeted drug delivery systems. He is author of more than 170 peer reviewed publications. Among others, he received the National Science Foundation Career Award, and the Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education from The Ohio State University College of Engineering. Prof. Palmer currently serves on the International Scientific Advisory Committee on Blood Substitutes, and is a member of the Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences Study Section at the National Institutes of Health. In 2015, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Palmer’s research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.