Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic#

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic

Membership Number:3177
Membership type:FOREIGN
Main Country of Residence:UNITED STATES

Present and Previous Positions

  • Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • 2011 Vice-Chair, Dept of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, New York
  • 2011 Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences (in Medicine)
  • 2005 Professor, Columbia University, Dept of Biomedical Engineering, New York
  • 2005 Director, Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory, Columbia University
  • 2005 Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard-MIT Division for Health Sciences and Technology
  • 2009 Visiting Professor, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  • 2009 Honorary Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Belgrade
  • 2002 Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Tufts University, Medford MA
  • 1998 - 2005 Principal Research Scientist, Harvard – MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, MIT, Cambridge MA
  • 1994 - 2004 Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts University
  • 1993 - 1998 Research Scientist, Whitaker College, MIT, Cambridge MA
  • 1993 - 1999 Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Belgrade University, Yugoslavia
  • 1987 - 1992 Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia

Fields of Scholarship
  • Bioengineering
  • Stem cells
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue engineering
  • In vitro biology
  • Bioreactors

Honours and Awards
  • 2012 Elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
  • 2011-2014 Continental Chapter Council (North America) of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society
  • 2010 2010 Clemson award of the Society of Biomaterials “for significant contributions to the literature on the science or technology of biomaterials”
  • 2010 Finalist, The World Technologies Award for Biotechnology
  • 2009 - New York Academy of Sciences, elected member
  • 2008 Inducted to Hall of Fame, Women in Technology International (one of 5 leaders in science and technology in 2008)
  • 2008 - US Section Head, Musculoskeletal Repair & Regeneration Section, Faculty 1000 of Medicine
  • 2007 Director’s lecture, NIH, October 17, 2007; the first woman engineer to receive this distinction (http://videocast.nih.gov/PastEvents.asp?c=3&s=31)
  • 2006 NASA Award for a patent “BMP-2, BMP-12, and BMP-13 Modulate in Vitro Development of Engineered Cartilage”
  • 2005 The Association of Orthopedic Research, Switzerland; team award “for the best science in orthopaedics” (with Meinel, Ziechner. Fajardo, and Kaplan)
  • 2004 Outstanding Performance Medal, World Congress of In Vitro Biology
  • 2004 Space Act Award, NASA, for patent describing bioengineering of anterior cruciate ligaments
  • 2004 Space Act Award, NASA, for patent describing gene transfer of a growth factor to enhance tissue engineering of cartilage
  • 2000 - Elected Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • 1997 Medal of recognition, Centennial of the Serbian Chemical Society, Belgrade YU
  • 1987 – 1992 Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Biomass Committee
  • 1980 City of Belgrade award for the best PhD thesis in engineering
  • 1975 Belgrade Chamber of Commerce award for the best MS thesis in engineering

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