Honor represents top two percent of medical and biological engineers

Daniel Ratner and Kim Woodrow have been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.

Dr. Ratner, professor of bioengineering and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering, was recognized for “outstanding innovation and translation in the field of clinical glycomics, and inspirational advocacy for STEM education and inclusion.”

Dr. Woodrow, associate professor of bioengineering, was recognized for “outstanding contributions to engineered biomaterials and mucosal biology with a focus on applications in global health technologies.”

The College of Fellows represents the top 2 percent of accomplished medical and biological engineers in the country. Membership in the college honors individuals who pioneer research advances, technological innovations or educational methods in medical and biological engineering. Members’ nominations are peer-reviewed by a selection committee and then voted on by the entire College of Fellows.

Dr. Ratner’s research focuses on leveraging molecular engineering and chemical synthesis to design molecularly-inspired materials for diagnostics and pulmonary drug delivery. He has patented multiple inventions and launched a start-up medical device company that has licensed UW technology to address critical unmet needs in transfusion medicine.

Dr. Woodrow’s research focuses on the application of engineered biomaterials in mucosal infections and immunity. She has pioneered development of electrically spun cloth with nanometer-sized fibers to deliver drugs and prevent and treat mucosal infections. She aims to develop solutions that address significant challenges in biomedicine and global health.

Drs. Ratner and Woodrow will be formally inducted as AIMBE Fellows during the AIMBE Annual Event on March 26. With their induction, UW BioE will be home to 23 AIMBE Fellows among the core faculty. UW will have 37 AIMBE Fellows.

AIMBE Fellows have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 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.

AIMBE is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to improving lives through medical and biological engineering. AIMBE’s mission is to recognize excellence in, and advocate for, the fields of medical and biological engineering in order to advance society. Visit AIMBE’s website to learn more.