The International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE) recently announced that 28 distinguished colleagues have been elected to its 2020 Class of Fellows. Two of these notable honorees are McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty members: Sanjeev Shroff, PhD, and Yu-li Wang, PhD.
The election to the Academy represents a highly selective process. The IAMBE Fellows are nominated by current Fellows (~150 individuals), evaluated by the Membership Committee, and elected by all active Fellows. The election to the Academy is in recognition of a colleague’s distinguished contributions to and leadership in the field of medical and biological engineering in an international level.
Dr. Shroff is the Distinguished Professor of and Gerald E. McGinnis Chair in the Department of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering and Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also the Chair of the Department of Bioengineering. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh in April 2000, Dr. Shroff was a faculty member at the University of Chicago in the Department of Medicine (Cardiology Section). Trained as an electrical engineer (B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India and M.Eng., McMaster University, Canada), Dr. Shroff obtained his doctoral degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Shroff’s research is in the cardiovascular arena, with two main focus areas: (1) Contractile and regulatory proteins and post-translational regulation of cardiac contraction. (2) Role of vascular stiffness in cardiovascular function and potential therapeutic applications of vascular stiffness-modifying drugs and/or hormones (e.g., relaxin). His research efforts have been supported by numerous grants from NIH (continuous funding since 1986), AHA, NSF, and industry partners. He was the recipient of the Established Investigator Award from the AHA (1986-1991) and was elected as a Fellow of the American Physiological Society (1988), Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (1999), and Fellow of Biomedical Engineering Society (2007). Recognized by his colleagues and peers as a consummate teacher and mentor, Dr. Shroff received the Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence (University Educator) in 2007, the Swanson School of Engineering’s Outstanding Educator Award in 2010, and University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011. He has mentored 37 students (15 post-doctoral and 22 graduate/pre-doctoral), most of whom are pursuing independent research careers in academia or industry. Dr. Shroff has been serving as the Principal Investigator on a NIH-NHLBI pre-doctoral T32 training grant (Cardiovascular Bioengineering Training Program) since 2005 and on the Coulter Translational Research Partnership II grant since 2013. In 2012 Dr. Shroff was named the Distinguished Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, a designation that constitutes the highest honor that the University can accord a member of the professoriate.
Dr. Wang is the R. Mehrabian Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to this he was a Professor in the Departments of Physiology, Cell Biology, and Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Wang received his BS in Physics from National Taiwan University in Taipei. He earned his PhD in Biophysics from Harvard University, where he then served as a postdoctoral associate.
Dr. Wang is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology, the Biophysical Society, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. He is an Associate Editor of Molecular Biology of the Cell and Cellular & Molecular Bioengineering, and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Dr. Wang’s research areas include mechanisms of cell division and migration, mechanics of cell-matrix interactions, cellular responses to mechanical forces, mechanotransduction, live cell imaging, and micromanipulation.
The new Fellow Induction will be held in a Virtual Induction Ceremony, in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon Forum on Biomedical Engineering to be held on September 18, 2020.
Congratulations, Drs. Shroff and Wang!