Chairman of Society for Cryobiology,
specialist of blood conservation
Dr. Jason Acker MBA PhD is the Senior Development Scientist with the Canadian Blood Services Centre for Innovation and a Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. His research focuses on understanding the response of cells and tissues to ex vivo storage and the development of methods for their preservation and use as therapeutic products. Dr. Acker’s laboratory has responsibility for developing scientific and technical evidence to support innovative changes in blood product manufacturing, storage and utilization at Canadian Blood Services. Dr. Acker leads the blood services’ efforts to assess new technology, products and processes that can improve the efficiency, quality and safety of blood product manufacturing. In addition to his work in biopreservation, Dr. Acker has an active research interest in the use of microfabrication and microfluidics technology in diagnostic testing. Using tools developed for the microelectronics industry to fabricate micro-scale devices for integrated chemical and biological processing and analysis, the research group in Edmonton is developing novel, cost-effective, automated devices for monitoring the cryopreservation process and for blood testing. Dr. Acker is author of more than 125 publications, 7 book chapters and holds 12 patents in the area of cell preservation and microfabrication. Dr. Acker serves as an editorial board member and invited reviewer for more than 35 scientific journals and is a member of the Society for Cryobiology, the International Society for Cellular Therapy, American Association of Blood Banks and the Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine. Dr. Jason Acker is the President of the international Society for Cryobiology.