Santiago Orrego is the principal investigator of the Smart Biomaterials Research Laboratory. He is also an assistant professor in the Kornberg School of Dentistry’s Oral Health Sciences Department and the College of Engineering’s Bioengineering Department. 

Orrego was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University under the guidance of Sung Hoon Kang. He obtained his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County under the supervision of Dwayne Arola. His contributions in science, academia and industry focus on the intersection between smart materials, microbiology and medicine.