University Professor, Columbia University
Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences, Columbia University
Faculty, Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Human Development, Columbia University
Director, Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering and the Center for Advanced Regenerative Technologies (c-ART), Columbia University
Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD, is University Professor, the highest academic rank at Columbia University reserved for only a few active faculty out of 4,000, and the first engineer in the history of Columbia to receive this distinction. She is also the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences, faculty in the Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Human Development. She directs the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, and the new Center for Advanced Regenerative Technologies (c-ART). The focus of her research is on engineering functional human tissues for regenerative medicine and studies of disease, including heart, lung bone, tumors and vasculature. With over 42,000 citations and h=117, she is one of the most cited individuals of all times. She has 99 licensed, issued and pending patents and has founded four biotech companies. Among her many recognitions, she is a member of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Academia Europaea, the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Inventors, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.