Cecilia Giachelli, the W. Hunter and Dorothy Simpson Endowed Chair and Professor of Bioengineering, is among 12 University of Washington faculty inducted to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in 2016. UW faculty make up half of the 24 new members, who will be formally inducted in September during an annual meeting at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Other UW faculty named include:
Thomas Anderson – Computer Science and Engineering
Francois Baneyx – Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering (adjunct)
Katherine Beckett – Sociology
Elizabeth Buffalo – Physiology & Biophysics
John Delaney – Oceanography
Cynthia Dougherty – Nursing, adjunct Medicine
Jerry Franklin – Environmental and Forest Sciences
Dennis Hartmann – Atmospheric Sciences
Bonnie Ramsey – Pediatrics
Rachel Klevit – Biochemistry
Daniel Schwartz – Chemical Engineering, adjunct Material Science and Engineering
Eleven other UW Bioengineering core and adjunct faculty have been elected to the Academy since 2000.
Dr. Giachelli, a longtime University of Washington faculty member, has made important contributions to the Department of Bioengineering and to the School of Medicine, where she serves as adjunct professor in both pathology and in oral sciences and was previously the deputy director of the University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials research center.
Dr. Giachelli is internationally recognized for her work in the area of vascular calcification leading to the development of molecular and cellular therapies for chronic kidney disease and atherosclerosis. Projects have included mechanistic studies for novel therapeutic targets and treatment for ectopic calcification in disease, traumatic injury, and medical devices, as well as identifying biomimetic strategies for biointerfaces in soft and hard tissue regeneration.
Her many honors include the University of Washington Postdoctoral Fellow Association Mentor of the Year Award, a Jack W. Coburn Lectureship from the American Society of Nephrology, an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association and fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
The Washington State Academy of Sciences provides expert scientific and engineering analysis for policy makers, and works to increase the role and visibility of science in Washington state. Members are a premier source of objective scientific and technological information on important issues, questions and problems to achieved informed public policy decisions.