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TERMIS AM 2015 Awardees

The recipients will be presented with their awards during the Gala Dinner at the Museum of Science on Thursday, September 10th at 8:00 PM.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Antonios G. Mikos, Ph.D.
Antonios is the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. He is the Director of the J.W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering at Rice University. Dr. Mikos is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of the United States and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is a Founding Fellow of the TERMIS, and a Fellow of the AAAS, AIChE, AIMBE, BMES, CRS, and IUSBSE.



SENIOR SCIENTIST AWARD: Robert T. Tranquillo, Ph.D.
Robert is the Department Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Tranquillo has used a combined modeling and experimental approach to understand cell behavior, in particular, directed cell migration and cell-matrix mechanical interactions. More recently, his research program has focused on the role of cell behavior in cardiovascular and neural tissue engineering applications. His research has resulted in over 90 peer-reviewed publications. Prof. Tranquillo is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Society, and a Distinguished McKnight University Professor.



EDUCATIONAL AWARD: Eric M. Brey, Ph.D.
Professor Eric Brey is Duchossois Leadership Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology and Research Health Scientist at Edward Hines, Jr., Veterans Administration Hospital. His research is focused on the engineering of vascularized tissues and the application of new tools for imaging and assessment of engineered tissues. His educational research involves the development of innovative outreach programs for broadening engagement in biomedical engineering, tiered mentoring programs in research programs and building ethical cultures in research.



YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD: Lauren D. Black III, Ph.D.
Lauren D. Black III has been an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University since 2010. His lab focuses on the development of new therapeutic strategies to treat cardiac injury and/ or malformation in both pediatric and adult patients. The target of many of these strategies is extracellular signaling in the cardiac microenvironment and particularly the role that changes to the properties of the extracellular matrix in health and disease play on cell fate and function. Prior to joining Tufts he completed his postdoctoral work under Dr. Robert Tranquillo and Dr. Doris Taylor at the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University in 2006 in the lab of Dr. Bela Suki.



MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC. OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARD: Timothy J. Keane Jr.
Tim Keane is a third year PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh in Dr. Stephen Badylak's laboratory. He's a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, has co-authored 16 publications and is co-inventor on 3 filed patents. His research is focused on regenerative medicine therapies for gastrointestinal diseases.