Professor of Bioengineering
Phone: (206) 300-0119
Office: Foege N210A
UW Bioengineering faculty Gerald Pollack

Gerald Pollack

My laboratory has discovered that water has a fourth phase, which has a central role in human health.
Materials, health
Exclusion zones
Cell biology
We study water. Our recent discoveries have shown that water has four phases, not three. The findings are summarized in a recent book and in many presentations that can be found on the web. We are exploring the role of the fourth phase of water in all of nature, particularly in human health.

PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1968
BS, Electrical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (NYU), 1961

UN keynote: Water and Peace, 2023.
Vebleo Fellow, 2022
Mary Enig Integrity in Science Award, Weston Price Foundation, 2021
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Majlis Presentation, Al Bateen Palace, UAE, 2020
Water Science Award, Hydration Foundation, 2020
The World’s 100 Most Inspiring People, OOOM Magazine, 2019
Lifetime Achievement Award, Chappell Natural Philosophy Society, 2019
Laureate, Living Agriculture, Agriculture du Vivant, 2019
Honorary Board, Weston Price Foundation, 2018-
Emoto Peace Prize, Inaugural Prize 2016
Fellow, International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, 2016
TEDx talk, NewYorkSalon, 2016
Appearance in Travis Rice’s 2016 sports-action movie, The Fourth Phase, named after the book: The Fourth Phase of Water.
International Brand Laureate Foundation Personality Award, 2015
Dinsdale Prize, Society for Scientific Exploration, 2014
Scientific Excellence Award, World Academy of Neural Science, 2014
International Summit Award, Award of Excellence, Society of Technical Communication for book: The Fourth Phase of Water, 2014
Distinguished Award, Society of Technical Communication Puget Sound Chapter, for book: The Fourth Phase of Water, 2014
Academician and Foreign Member, Academy of Science, Srpska, 2012
TEDx talk, Guelph U, 2012
Prigogine Medal, for thermodynamics and physical chemistry, 2012
Martin Hellsten Surface-Chemistry Award, AkzoNobel Chalmers, 2011
Chair, US-Israel Binational Science Foundation Panel on Transformative Research, 2011
NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award, 2009
University of Washington Annual Faculty Lecturer, 2008
Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2005
Honorary Professor, Russian Academy of Sciences, 2005
Merit Award, Society for Technical Communication International Summit Awards, for book: Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life, 2003
Distinguished Award, Society for Technical Communication Puget Sound Chapter, for book: Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life, 2003
Honorary Doctorate, Ural State University, Ekaterinburg Russia, 2002
International Scientist of the Year (Int’l Biogr. Center), 2002
Distinguished Lecturer Award, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2002
Invited Scholar, Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, 2002
Fellow, American Heart Association , 2001
Inaugural Fellow, Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences, AHA, 2001
JSEM Scientific Paper Award (Japan Society for Electron Microscopy), 1998
Established Investigator, American Heart Association 1974-79
Polytechnic Institute Merit Key; Engineering Honor Societies (Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi), 1961
Kulka Award (Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu), 1961

BIOEN 290 – Guided Independent Studies on Transformative Science
BIOEN 299 – Bioengineering Seminar – Introduction to Bioengineering
Pollack, G.H., Cameron, I., and Wheatley, D., Water and the Cell. Springer, 2006.

Pollack, G.H. and Chin, W.-C. Phase Transitions in Cell Biology, Springer, 2008.

Pollack, G.H.: The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid and Vapor. Ebner & Sons, 2013

Ienna, F, Yoo, H. and Pollack GH: Spatially Resolved Evaporative Patterns from Water Soft Matter, 8 (47), 11850 – 11856, 2012

Klyuzhin, IS, Ienna, F, Roeder B, Wexler, A and Pollack GH: Persisting Water Droplets on Water Surfaces. J. Phys Chem B 114:14020-14027, 2010.

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