Prof. Gefen has revolutionized the understating of the aetiology of pressure ulcers, directing to the role of sustained tissue deformations as the primary cause of non-ischemic cell and tissue damage.
Prof. Amit Gefen received the B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Tel Aviv University in 1994, 1997, and 2001, respectively. During 2002-2003 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Full Professor with the Faculty of Engineering of Tel Aviv University. The research interests of Prof. Gefen are in studying normal and pathological effects of biomechanical factors on the structure and function of cells, tissues and organs, with emphasis on applications in chronic wound research. In 2007-2008 he was a visiting scientist at Eindhoven University of Technology, where he developed tissue-engineered model systems to study pressure ulcers. To date, Prof. Gefen published more than 200 journal articles. He was awarded the best paper awards by multiple journals. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Biomechanics (Elsevier), and has also edited several books and Special Issues in journals. He is also editing a book series on Mechanobiology, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials (Springer), and has served as an Associate Editor or at Editorial Boards of journals which are ranked at the top of his field. Prof. Gefen has been the President of the European Pressure Ulcer Society (EPUAP) in 2013-2015. He is a member of the World Council of Biomechanics and a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. Prof. Gefen was awarded the Pressure Care career award by the World Union of Wound Healing Societies in 2016 and the Experienced Investigator Award of EPUAP in 2017.