Dr. Robert Akins (Ph.D.)

PMD Foundation Member

Name Dr. Robert Akins (Ph.D.)


Dr. Robert Akins is Co-Director of the Center for Pediatric Clinical Research and Development at Nemours, one of the nation’s leading pediatric health systems.  Dr. Akins received his B.A. in Biochemistry and his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania.  His postdoctoral work was conducted at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and the Nemours – Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.  He joined the Nemours faculty at duPont Hospital in 1995 and currently heads the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Research program there.  He is also an adjunct Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE, and an inaugural fellow of the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.  Dr. Akins’ research focuses on advanced therapies to treat acquired and congenital diseases affecting skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle.  He has a particular interest in biomaterial and cell therapeutic approaches for functional regeneration of contractile function.  Current projects address diseases that profoundly impact pediatric health and include investigating regenerative strategies to improve skeletal muscle innervation and movement in children with neuromotor disabilities.