International Group Honors Professor Vunjak-Novakovic
Watch a video of Prof. Vunjak-Novakovic discussing tissue engineering at Columbia Engineering's TEDx event in 2011
Academia Europaea, an international organization of eminent scholars, has selected Professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic to join its roster of 2,600 members, who span the academic disciplines of humanities, social, physical, and life sciences as well as mathematics, engineering, and medicine.
For Vunjak-Novakovic, The Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and professor of medical sciences, the election to the Academia Europaea comes on the heels of being selected as a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society for her pioneering work on bioreactor design, engineering of functional human tissues, remarkable professional service, and for mentoring the new generation of interdisciplinary scientists and engineers. She was also elected this year to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer.
"I was overjoyed to learn about this election," she says. "With my European heritage, there is also a personal component about becoming a member of this prestigious academy. As with any other recognition, credit goes to my lab, where we are collectively trying to make a difference in as many ways as we can."
Vunjak-Novakovic and her research team have been able to grow bone grafts that will match a patient’s original jaw bone for facial reconstruction surgery to repair injuries, disease, or birth defects. This spectacular advancement in bone tissue engineering provides all the advantages of the body’s original jaw bone.
Academia Europaea notified Vunjak-Novakovic earlier this month of her election into the section for Applied and Translational Biology. The honor is a distinct recognition by international scientists and scholars who aim to promote learning, education, and research. Founded in 1988, more than 50 members of the Academia Europaea are Nobel Laureates.
Posted:Oct 23 2012