Rice University bioengineer Antonios Mikos has been named a fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering.
The honor recognizes his “distinguished contributions to and leadership in the field of medical and biological engineering,” according to the academy, which is part of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering. The academy was established to conduct programs that encourage young people entering the field and also their development in the early stages of their career.
Mikos is the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a professor of chemistry, materials science and nanoengineering. He is director of the National Institutes of Health Center for Engineering Complex Tissues at Rice. His group at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative specializes in the synthesis, processing and evaluation of new biomaterials for use as scaffolds for tissue engineering, as carriers for controlled drug delivery and as nonviral vectors for gene therapy.
Recent projects include the development of synthetic biodegradable polymers as scaffolds for guided tissue growth, including the precise regeneration of bone to repair defects and injuries. The lab is also part of a five-year effort to apply advanced manufacturing techniques to regenerative medicine. Mikos’ work has led to the development of novel orthopedic, dental, cardiovascular, neurologic and ophthalmologic biomaterials. He is the author of more than 550 publications and holds 28 patents.
Mikos is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas and the Academy of Athens and was recently named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
He will be inducted as a fellow at the 2018 World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in Prague next June.