Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Ph.D.

Board of Directors, CASIS

Gordana Vunjak-­‐Novakovic currently serves as the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences at Columbia University in New York. She is the director of Columbia’s Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, and a highly cited researcher (>32,000 citations, h=105; one of the 1360 highest cited researchers of all times, with h>100).

Vunjak has been a frequent advisor to government and industry, a study section chair and distinguished editor for NIH, a reviewer for 50 foundations and 200 science journals, and a member of editorial boards of 18 journals, and of numerous boards and councils.

Before arriving at Columbia, Vunjak was with the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Services and Technology (1992-2005). During this time, Vunjak participated in the longest ever tissue engineering study in space, and served on a Space Life Sciences Council for NASA, advising on space experimentation, and as a scientific lead (for MIT) for the development of the cell culture system for the International Space Station.

Vunjak is the chair of the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a fellow and of the Biomedical Engineering Society. She became the first female engineer to give the Director’s Lecture at the National Institute of Health, and was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and elected to the New York Academy of Sciences. Vunjak is a recipient of the Clemson Award and one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers for 2014, in addition to many other recognitions. She is a member of the Academia Europaea, the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Inventors.

Vunjak received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D., all in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Belgrade, in Serbia.