Burcin Ekser, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he completed his clinical fellowship in abdominal organ transplant surgery. Dr. Ekser is currently the Director of Transplant Research and Xenotransplantation Research Laboratory at IU School of Medicine. His lab is involved in xenotransplantation research, genetic engineering, and scaffold-free 3D bioprinting. Dr. Ekser completed his residency in general surgery with magna cum laude at the University of Padua, Italy. He spent several years in xenotransplantation research under the supervision of Dr. Emanuele Cozzi (Italy), and of Dr. David K.C. Cooper at the Thomas Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of many societies including TTS, IXA, AST, ASTS, ESOT, ILTS, AASLD. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters and has won several young investigator awards (ATC, ILTS, IXA, TTS).