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Messersmith Named Fellow of Medical and Biological Engineering Institute

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March 28, 2006 | by Megan Fellman

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Phillip Messersmith, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Northwestern University’s Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.

Messersmith’s research focuses on new biomaterials and tissue engineering approaches for the repair, replacement or augmentation of human tissue. He directs one of the leading research groups seeking to understand the mechanism of action of mussel adhesive proteins and to exploit this information to design new adhesive synthetic polymers for use in wet environments.

Messersmith is a member of several associations including the American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Materials Research Society and Society for Biomaterials. He is a permanent member of the Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Study Section for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

He received a Young Investigator Award in 1998 and an NIH First Award in 1997. He has also co-authored numerous articles, which have appeared in various publications such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Biomacromolecules and Bioconjugate Chemistry.

Representing more than 75,000 bioengineers, AIMBE was founded in 1991 to establish a clear and comprehensive identity for the field of medical and biological engineering, which is the bridge between the principles of engineering science and practice and the problems and issues of biological and medical science and practice.