NIBIB grantees inducted into the National Academy of Engineering
NIBIB Director Dr. Roderic Pettigrew (center), Norbert Pelc, Ph.D. (left) and Gordana
Vunjak-Novakovic, Ph.D. (right) following their induction into the NAE.
NIBIB grantees Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic and Dr. Norbert Pelc have been inducted
into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Founded in 1964, the NAE marshals
the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to advise the nation on matters
involving engineering and technology. Members are peer-elected and induction to
the academy is among the highest professional distinctions conferred on engineers.
Dr. Vunjak-Novakovic, a Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and
Medical Sciences at Columbia University, was elected to the academy for her development
of bioreactor systems—devices or systems used to grow cells or tissue for biochemical
and tissue engineering—and for her creation of models for tissue engineering and
Vunjak-Novakovic is currently engaged in three research projects funded by NIBIB.
In addition to her continued focus on the development of highly innovative bioreactors,
she is also exploring the use of silk hydrogel as a substrate for engineering cartilage
tissue, and has proposed to engineer microtissues that resemble the structure and
function of the human capillary network, small portions of the liver, and heart
muscle to examine the effects of drugs as well as disease processes on specific
Dr. Pelc is a Boston Scientific Applied Biomedical Engineering Professor as well
as Professor and Chair of Bioengineering at Stanford University. Renowned for his
work in the field of biomedical imaging, Dr. Pelc was inducted into the academy
for his development of algorithms and technologies for MRI, CT, and hybrid X-ray/MRI.
Pelc currently holds an NIBIB grant to develop a multidisciplinary pre-doctoral
program at Stanford University that will train the next generation of biomedical
imaging scientists. Previous NIBIB-funded research was conducted by Dr. Pelc in
an effort to develop a new type of imaging called Inverse Geometry CT; his goal
is to reduce the amount of radiation patients are exposed to while retaining or
even increasing the quality of CT images.
Last Updated On 11/08/2012