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 is a highly cited researcher (>32,000 citations, h=105; one of the 1360 highest cited researchers of all times, with h>100).
Vunjak-Novakovic has been a frequent adviser to government and industry, a study section chair and distinguished editor for NIH, a reviewer for 50 foundations and 200 science journals, a member of the editorial boards of 18 journals, and a member of numerous boards and councils.
Before arriving at Columbia, Vunjak-Novakovic was with the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Services and Technology (1992-2005). During this time, Vunjak-Novakovic 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-Novakovic is the chair of the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. She became the first female engineer to give the Director’s Lecture at NIH and was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and elected to the New York Academy of Sciences. Vunjak-Novakovic 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-Novakovic received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D., all in Chemical Engineering from the University of Belgrade, in Serbia.