One of the most important scientists in the field of biomedical engineering
Rena Bizios is the Peter T. Flawn Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas, San Antonio. In 2015 she was elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Election to the National Academy of Medicine is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
Professor Bizios is recognized for making seminal contributions to the understanding of cell-material interactions, protein/cell interactions with nanostructured materials, and for identifying pressure/electric-current effects on cell functions related to neotissue formation. Her research interests include cellular and tissue engineering, tissue regeneration, biomaterials (including nanostructured ones) and biocompatibility.
She is the author of the textbook “An Introduction to Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions”, which has become a standard textbook in the field of biomaterials and is presently adopted by more than 30 departments of biomedical engineering. Her research has applications in the tissue engineering and tissue regeneration fields.
“When I started in this field, biomedical engineering was not well-known or well-understood,” said Bizios. “I didn’t know if it would be successful or not. I took a risk.”
She has taught fundamental undergraduate and graduate engineering courses and developed new biomedical engineering courses. Moreover, Bizios is a fellow of five professional societies: the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, International Union of the Societies for Biomaterials Sciences and Engineering, Society of Biomedical Engineering, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and American Association for the Advancement of Science.
She studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, she received her Master’s degree at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She took her Ph.D. in Biomedical Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
She has authored/co‐authored over 104 scientific publications and book chapters and she has given numerous presentations at scientific conferences and invited seminars/lectures at universities.