Christopher J. Hernandez, PhD

Christopher J. Hernandez, PhD

Christopher J. Hernandez, PhD
Basic Science


S.B., Engineering Sciences Harvard University 1996
M.S., Mechanical Engineering Stanford University 1997
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering Stanford University 2001

About Christopher J. Hernandez, PhD

Christopher Hernandez, PhD comes to UCSF by way of the East Coast, where he has served as a Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and as an Adjunct Scientist at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Hernandez’s laboratory investigates the effects of the microbiome on bone and joint disorders, periprosthetic joint infection, and the biomechanics and mechanobiology of infectious bacteria. A recent NSF award supports his efforts to build living materials, inspired by his research on bacteria and bone.

Dr. Hernandez is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). He is the 2018 recipient of the ASBMR Fuller Albright Award for Scientific Excellence and was recently awarded Educator of the Year by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers in 2021.

Based in the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the UCSF Musculoskeletal Center, Dr. Hernandez also holds appointments in the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences and the Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine. He has been named as a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator and will serve as the next Director of UCSF HIVE, Health Innovations via Engineering.