Luis Alvrez, PhD, is an active duty Army officer, and a service chief fellow at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Previously, he was at the Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center. He holds an appointment as a visiting scientist at MIT where his work focuses on biomaterials design for regenerative medical applications. Luis has served in various assignments including tours in South Korea and Iraq and has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge.
With his Hertz Fellowship at MIT, Luis's research developed methods to coat orthopedic implants with biologically active proteins. Using this approach it is now possible to achieve a several-fold increase in the growth of bone marrow stem cells in porous implants. His work has been adopted as a research program focus area by the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFRIM) and is being evaluated in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic. In addition, Luis developed a blast sensor design that served as the lead concept for the Army’s wearable blast sensor program. This effort aims to collect data on blast exposure to determine long-term health effects such as delayed traumatic brain injury.