Allentown and Mount Bethel , Pennsylvania , United States

610-433-0600 , 610-428-2173




Present Titles: 

Chief Technical Officer, OptoVibronex, LLC 

Professor Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Fred Silver, Chief Technical Officer is Professor of Pathology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University, for 35 years and holds over 30 patents on materials, tissues and their mechanical characterization. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University. He has his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering with a Minor in Biology from MIT. He published over 200 research papers, books and abstracts dealing with biological materials – over 25 within the last 2 years. He has been asked to speak internationally at dermatology and material science conferences. Over the years, Fred has also purchased and revitalized a number of small businesses. 

Office Address: 

OptoVibronex, LLC

2020 Hamilton Street 

Allentown PA, 18104

Alternate Office Address:
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
675 Hoes Lane, R204
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

Description of Research Expertise:
Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Mechanotransduction and Medical Devices
Extracellular matrix (ECM) is found in both vertebrates and invertebrates and forms the structural scaffold of all tissues and organs. The components of ECM include collagen fibers, proteoglycans, elastic fibers and cells. My laboratory is interested in understanding how these components are assembled into multifunctional tissues that allow mammals to locomote, heal when wounded and store energy through mechanotransduction. Our studies focus on the relationship between structure and properties of ECMs and the use of tissue engineered ECMs as implants. We are also interested in changes in mechanotransduction with age that may lead to impaired healing and disease.

Undergraduate Education:
Northeastern University
Boston, MA
B.S. Chemical Engineering

Graduate Education:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

Ph.D., Polymer Science & Engineering
Thesis: Blood Compatibility of Collagen-Glycosaminoglycan Composites

Postdoctoral Training:
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
Developmental Medicine