About Eugene Bell

1107_77_g_x220_mitThe Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering is named in honor of Dr. Eugene Bell (1919 – 2007), a pioneer in the field of tissue engineering and a valued member of the Marine Biological Laboratory scientific community.

In the 1980s, Dr. Bell developed a method to grow human skin that could be grafted onto wounds of burn victims and other severely injured patients without rejection. He also devised ways to grow “skin equivalents” for blood vessels or organ tissue. His research led to what is now known as regenerative medicine.

After 30 years on the faculty, Dr. Bell retired from MIT in 1986 and went on to found two biotech companies, Organogenesis and TEI Biosciences to make his inventions commercially available. He held over 40 patents and was principal author of more than 200 scientific papers.

Dr. Bell and his wife Millicent were part of the fabric of the MBL and Woods Hole for decades. Dr. Bell served on the Board of Trustees, was a long-time MBL Corporation member, and a MBL Embryology course faculty member.