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Photo of Gordana Vunjak Novakovic Gordana Vunjak Novakovic

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Dr. Gordana Vunjak Novakovic is a Principal Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology), and an Adjunct Professor at Tufts University (Department of Chemical Engineering). She received her academic training at the University of Belgrade (B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering). After postgraduate research training in Germany, she joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Belgrade in 1981, where she was the Head of the Biochemical Engineering Laboratory (1985-93), and Full Professor of Chemical Engineering (1993-present). Dr. Vunjak was a Fulbright Fellow at MIT in 1986-87, a Visiting Professor in the Netherlands (1989), a Visiting Scientist at MIT (1989, 1991, 1992) and a Research Scientist at MIT (1993-98).

Dr. Vunjak's scientific interests include tissue engineering, transport phenomena, bioreactor design, and microgravity studies of cells and tissues. In these areas she has published over a hundred thirty peer reviewed papers and book chapters. She is currently supervising research teams working on tissue engineering of musculoskeletal and cardiovascular tissues, and on the scientific design and testing of the Cell Culture Unit for use aboard the International Space Station. She is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a member of several professional societies including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.


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