Susan James joined the Colorado State University Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty in 1994 as an assistant professor, eventually serving as the head of the department, and was the founding director of the School of Biomedical Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in polymers from MIT and her B.S. in metallurgical engineering and materials science from Carnegie Mellon.
James’ research focuses on characterization and development of biomaterial solutions to health care problems. These include orthopedic, cardiovascular and ocular applications as well as regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. She and her students invented the BioPoly®materials, now in clinical use in partial resurfacing knee implants (http://www.biopolyortho.com/) throughout Europe and the UK. In collaboration with several faculty, students and researchers, she is currently working on developing hyaluronan-enhanced flexible leaflets for heart valve prostheses. Her group is also researching new materials for small diameter vascular grafts, contact and intraocular lenses.