Washington University Brings In Rainmaker As Biomedical Chair

Washington University in St. Louis | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Washington University's new biomedical engineering department chair brings with him $1 million in grant funding. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Steven George will bring along about $1 million in federal grant funding when he takes over as chair of Washington University’s department of biomedical engineering on July 1. George, a professor of biomedical engineering and chemical engineering and materials science at the University of California, Irvine, serves as principal investigator for the grant money, from the National Institutes of Health.

The federal funding supports two projects, one of which aims to create 3-D chips with livings cells that mimic organs like the heart and cancer tissues. It would monitor how the heart would respond to anti-cancer drugs under development.

The other grant examines how cancer cells metastasize. George said he’s interested in adding five to six new faculty members who would focus on nanotechnology and devices. But he said he’ll make a final decision about adding faculty after he’s further assessed the department.

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