Rice University bioengineer Antonios Mikos has been named winner of the Biomedical Engineering Society’s 2017 Shu Chien Achievement Award.
Mikos was chosen by the society’s Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group to receive the award at its annual conference in Hawaii in January. According to the society, the award is bestowed for “groundbreaking scientific advances in the field of cell and molecular bioengineering, the development of programs to support this emerging field and the mentoring and training of the next generation of scientists working in our field.”
Mikos is the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a professor of chemistry and of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice. He is the director of the J.W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering and of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering.
His lab in Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative specializes in the synthesis, processing and evaluation of new biomaterials for use as scaffolds for tissue engineering, as nonviral vectors for gene therapy and as carriers for controlled drug delivery. His work has led to the development of novel orthopedic, dental, cardiovascular, neurologic and ophthalmologic biomaterials, including synthetic biodegradable polymers that can be used for guided tissue growth and the precise regeneration of bone to repair defects and injuries.
Chien, a professor of bioengineering and director of the Institute of Engineering in Medicine at the University of California San Diego, and a pioneer in the study of fluid dynamics of blood flow, with an impact on the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. He is a National Medal of Science winner and former president of the Biomedical Engineering Society.