Nick Willett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics

Emory University School of Medicine

Office: Emory University School of Medicine

Phone: 404-321-6111, ext 3248


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory Orthopaedic and Spine Research

1670 Clairmont Rd
Room 5A115

Decatur, GA 30033

Additional Websites


  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 2005
  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 2010
  • Postdoctoral, Bioengineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 2010 - 2013


Honors and Awards

  • Gandy Diaz Teaching Fellowship - Georgia Institute of Technology, Spring 2014
  • F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship - National Institute of Health, 2011-2013
  • Young Investigator Award - American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, July 2012
  • Travel Award - Hilton Head Workshop on Regenerative Medicine, March 2011
  • First Place in the PhD Podium Presentation Competition - American Society of Mechanical Engineering Summer Bioengineering Conference, 2005-2009
  • Predoctoral Fellowship - American Heart Association Southeast Division, 2007-2009
  • Best Presentation at the Frontiers in Graduate Pharmacology Research Symposium - Emory University, May 2008
  • Best Oral Presentation, Principles of Excellence in Nanotechnology Conference - University of California Santa Barbara, October 2007
  • Honorable Mention in the Discovery Learning Center Research Symposium - University of Colorado, December 2004
  • First Place in the Discovery Learning Research Symposium - University of Colorado, May 2004
  • Giroux Engineering Scholarship - University of Colorado, 2002-2003

Research Focus

  • Tissue level systems integration for musculoskeletal disease and regenerative engineering.


Current Research

  • 2012-2014 – (role: Coauthor) “IL-1Ra-Tethered Nanoparticles to Treat Joint Inflammation and OA,” Innovative Research Grant, Arthritis Foundation
  • 2013 – (role: Co-Investigator) “Biomechanics and Biocompataibility of Porous Poly(para-phenylenes) Scaffolds,” Contract Work for Prof. CM Yakacki, University of Colorado
  • 2014-2017 – (role: Co-investigator) “Collaborative Research: Integration of Implantable MEMS Sensors and Computational Modeling to Assess Mechanical Regulation of Bone Regeneration.” National Science Foundation
  • 2014-2015 – (role: PI) “An Early Warning System for Non-Union of Pediatric Bone Fusion Devices.” Center for Pediatric Innovation, Emory + Children’s Pediatric Research Center 

Completed Research

  • 2011-2013 – (role: PI) “Limb Restoration Using a Novel Rat Model of Composite Bone and Muscle Injury,” National Institute of Health, NRSA F32 Fellowship - 1F32AR061236-01 
  • 2007-2009 – (role: PI) “Shear Stress Induced Expression of Inflammatory Cell Adhesion Molecules in a Mouse Coarctation Model,” American Heart Association, Predoctoral Fellowship