Vunjak-Novakovic Named to Hall of Fame

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, a leader in tissue engineering, has been named to the WITI (Women in Technology International) Hall of Fame. She will be inducted at WITI's annual conference in October in Santa Clara, CA.
 
Professor Vunjak-Novakovic joins such iconic women scientists and technologists as the late Chien-Shiung Wu, the noted Columbia research scientist, RPI President Shirley Jackson, and MIT Institute Professor Mildred Dresselhaus. The members of the WITI Hall of Fame are selected because each is a pioneer shaping the future through science and technology. 

Professor Vunjak-Novakovic was cited for developing biological substitutes to restore, maintain or improve tissue function. As the director of Columbia's Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, she heads a research team that focuses on engineering functional human tissues by an integrated use of stem cells (the actual "tissue engineers"), biomaterial scaffolds (cell-instructive templates) and bioreactors (culture systems designed to regulate tissue development). She is the author of more than 220 articles and two books on tissue engineering. In 2002, she was elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
 
"This year's recipients of WITI's 13th class of inductees include women who met rigorous standards of excellence in their contributions to science and technology, their ability in helping shape the next generation of scientists and technologists and for making the world a better place through science and technology," said Julie Lubbering, founding member and spokesperson for the WITI Hall of Fame. In addition to Dr. Vunjak-Novakovic, the other inductees are: Professor Deborah Estrin, Director, Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, UCLA; Susan P. Fisher-Hoch, M.D., Professor of Epidemiology, The University of Texas School of Public Health; Mary Lou Jepsen, CEO of Pixel Qi; and Jian (Jane) Xu, Ph.D., Distinguished Engineer, CTO, China Systems and Technology Labs, IBM.
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