Shu Chien Achievement Award

The BMES CMBE Shu Chien Achievement Award is a dedicated BMES Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Special Interest Group (SIG) award.  

This Award is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated meritorious contributions to the field of cellular and molecular bioengineering.  These contributions will include groundbreaking scientific advances in the field of cell and molecular bioengineering, the development of programs to support this emerging field, and the mentoring and training of the next generation of scientists working in our field.

Professor Shu Chien, MD, Ph.D., past President of the BMES, is well recognized as one of the foremost pioneers and educators in biomedical engineering worldwide. His vision and leadership to integrate biomedical engineering with cardiovascular physiology and molecular cell biology have greatly impacted the field of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering.

Professor Chien's research has substantially extended our understanding of how blood flow regulates interactions between the bloodstream, blood cells, and the arterial walls, and is also relevant to many other types of cells, e.g., stem cells and cancer cells. He has discovered how mechanical forces regulate gene expression to control cell growth, migration, and death.

Professor Chien is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He won the US National Medal of Science in 2011. In addition to his outstanding scholarly work, Professor Chien has nurtured and trained numerous fellows and students, many of whom have become leaders in various academic and industrial fields. As such, Professor Chien is a role model who is beloved and admired by generations of scientists. To honor his many achievements in the field, this annual achievement award is dedicated to recognizing and honoring an individual who has made great contributions to Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering.

Award Application Requirements

Submissions should include:
A nominator’s letter with a description of the nominee’s pioneering research accomplishments, leadership, and contributions to the CMBE community 
The nominee’s full CV
Three letters of support

Award and Honorarium

This award will consist of a plaque, complimentary registration for the CMBE annual conference, and an honorarium of $1,000.

BMES CMBE Shu Chien Scientific Achievement Award Recipients:


2020- Roger D. Kamm, Ph.D., MIT

2019- Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Ph.D., Columbia University

2018- Michael L. Shuler, Ph.D., Cornell University

2017- Antonios G. Mikos, Ph.D., Rice University

2016- Donald E. Ingber, M.D., Ph.D Harvard University

2015- Douglas A. Lauffenburger, Ph.D., MIT



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