Antonios Mikos wins Biomaterials Global Impact Award

Bioengineer recognized for his research and development of orthopedic, dental, cardiovascular, neurologic and ophthalmologic biomaterials.

Antonio Mikos headshot

Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice, has received the 2024 Biomaterials Global Impact Award from the journal Biomaterials.

Mikos was recognized for his “distinguished research and development accomplishments in the field of biomaterials.”

His research focuses on the synthesis, processing and evaluation of biomaterials used as scaffolds in tissue engineering, carriers for controlled drug delivery, nonviral vectors for gene therapy and as platforms for disease modeling. His work has led to development of orthopedic, dental, cardiovascular, neurologic and ophthalmologic biomaterials.

Mikos earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 1988. He was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT and Harvard Medical School before joining the Rice faculty in 1992. At Rice he is director of the Biomaterials Lab, the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering and the J.W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering.

He is the author of more than 700 publications and holds 32 patents. According to Google Scholar, Mikos’ publications have been cited more than 100,300 times and his h-index is 166.

He is the editor of 15 books, including Tissue Engineering Principles and Practices (CRC Press, 2013) and Principles of Regenerative Medicine (Elsevier Academic Press, 2019), and author of the premier undergraduate textbook on biomaterials, Biomaterials: The Intersection of Biology and Materials Science (Pearson, 2008; second edition, 2023).

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), the National Academy of Inventors, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Academia Europaea, and the Academy of Athens. Mikos is the only Rice faculty member to be elected to both the NAE and the NAM, and the first elected to two national academies.

Mikos will formally receive the award during the 2024 World Biomaterials Congress held May 26-31 in Daegu, South Korea.