February 10, 2017
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Dr. Hyunjoon Kong, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering to its College of Fellows.
Dr. Kong was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to the fields of biomaterials, bioimaging contrast agents and tissue engineering.
The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. The most accomplished and distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs, comprise the College of Fellows.
Kong is also Professor of Pathobiology and interim director of the Bioengineering graduate program. He is a core member of the Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering theme at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. He is also affiliated with the Neuroscience program and the Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology at the University of Illinois.
Kong’s research focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and processing of nanobiomaterials for diagnostic imaging and molecular/cell therapies of wounds and vascular diseases and regeneration of neuromuscular interface. He joined the Illinois faculty in 2007. He was featured in the recent issue of Mass Transfer, our magazine for alumni and friends.
A formal induction ceremony will be held during AIMBE’s 2017 Annual Meeting at the National Academy of Sciences Great Hall in Washington, DC on March 20, 2017. Dr. Kong will be inducted along with 145 colleagues who make up the AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2017.
AIMBE’s mission is to recognize excellence in, and advocate for, the fields of medical and biological engineering in order to advance society. Since 1991, AIMBE‘s College of Fellows has lead the way for technological growth and advancement in the fields of medical and biological engineering. Fellows have helped revolutionize medicine and related fields in order to enhance and extend the lives of people all over the world. They have also successfully advocated for public policies that have enabled researchers and business-makers to further the interests of engineers, teachers, scientists, clinical practitioners, and ultimately, patients.
AIMBE Fellows are regularly recognized for their contributions in teaching, research, and innovation. AIMBE Fellows have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal of Technology and Innovation and many also are members of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences.