Prominent Scientist Joins NIBIB Staff
Bethesda, Maryland Dr. Robert M. Nerem, a world-renowned researcher
in tissue engineering, has joined the staff of the National Institute of Biomedical
Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) on a part-time basis. Dr. Nerem will be
the Senior Advisor for Biomedical Engineering, and will be responsible for
keeping NIBIB staff abreast of new advances in the field, identifying research
areas of emphasis, mentoring junior staff in the bioengineering area, and
helping establish an intramural program.
"We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Nerem join us at the NIBIB," said Director Roderic I. Pettigrew, Ph.D.,
M.D. "He is the bioengineer's bioengineer and will be invaluable in helping us to fulfill our mission of
supporting and conducting innovative research focused on emerging technologies that can have a positive
impact on the nation's health care agenda. His expertise and interest in tissue engineering, bioinformatics,
computational and modeling methods, and systems integration are well aligned with our areas of growth in
bioengineering. In addition, he will also be helpful with extramural outreach and in maintaining strong
collaborative relationships with other agencies with whom we share common goals."
Dr. Nerem is currently the director of the Georgia Tech/Emory Center (GTEC) for the Engineering
of Living Tissues and is also the director of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and
Biosciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The GTEC was established in 1998 to focus on the core,
enabling technologies for tissue engineering. The GTEC has three programmatic areas: cardiovascular
substitutes, metabolic secretory organs, and orthopaedic tissue engineering.
Active in the area of tissue engineering since 1988, Dr. Nerem served as
co-chair for the Tissue Engineering Society International (TESi) meeting held
last year and serves on the TESi Executive Committee. He is on the editorial
board of the Tissue Engineering and Cell Transplantation journals,
and is the author of more than 100 refereed journal articles. He is past president
of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine
and past president of the International Federation for Medical and Biological
Dr. Nerem is the founding president of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering,
a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a fellow of the Council of
Arteriosclerosis of the American Heart Association.
He received his doctorate in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Ohio State University.
Following faculty positions at Ohio State University and the University of Houston, he joined the Georgia
Institute of Technology in 1987 as the Parker H. Petit Professor of Engineering and Medicine.
Dr. Nerem will be located at the NIBIB offices at 6707 Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda, Maryland.
He may be reached at 301-496-8859.
For more information about the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering,
visit the NIBIB Web site at http://www.nibib.nih.gov.