News

Department Hosts Harrington Fellow for Fall 2011

Ali Khademhosseini

Ali Khademhosseini

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is proud to announce the selection of Professor Ali Khademhosseini as a 2011 Donald D. Harrington Fellow and visiting scholar during the fall 2011 semester. Dr. Khademhosseini is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School who holds additional appointments at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences Technology and at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

"Ali is one of the most imaginative and innovative young biomaterials and biomedical scientists," says Nicholas A. Peppas, Chair of the BME Department. "His presence on our campus and in the department will be a great intellectual asset. We are looking forward to collaborating with him and undertaking novel research and educational projects."

Khademhosseini has developed a number of unique approaches of interfacing cells within nanofabricated fluid channels as well as methods for patterning the surface of microfluidic channels. Development of technologies at the micro- and nano- scale furthers the Khademhosseini Lab’s goal of generating tissue-engineered organs and controlling cell behavior.

Khademhosseini has published more than 120 refereed publications and has been cited over 3,300 times. He has given over 115 seminars and is recognized with numerous prestigious awards. These include a 2011 Sloan Fellowship, the Society for Biomaterials Young Investigator Award, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers A. P. Colburn Award, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Y.C. Fung Young Investigator Award, the TERMIS (Tissue Engineering)-North America Young Investigator Award, the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering Young Faculty Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the IEEE- Engineering in Medicine and Biology Early Career Award, the ACS Victor K. LaMer Award, the ACS Unilever Award, and the Coulter Foundation Early Career Award. In 2007, Technology Review Magazine recognized him as a "Top Young Innovator."

About the Harrington Fellows Program

Created by Sybil B. Harrington as a tribute to her late husband, the Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program supports gifted and ambitious scholars who, in turn, share their knowledge and success with future generations. The program selects five Fellows each academic year and is designed to attract outstanding faculty that are near the beginning of their professional careers. Fellowships are awarded annually to the most highly qualified applicants from universities throughout the United States and around the world. The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program is one of the most well-endowed visiting scholar and graduate fellow programs in the nation, and the most prestigious at The University of Texas at Austin.

About the Harrington Legacy

The Harrington family legacy of philanthropy is far-reaching but rooted in the grasslands of the Texas Panhandle, where Sybil and Don met and where he built one of the most successful independent oil and gas operations in the country. The couple created The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation in 1951 to support worthy causes across the Panhandle, such as the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, a medical center, and scholarships at regional schools and universities. The foundation has also funded medical research at the Deafness Research Foundation in New York and the Harrington Arthritis Research Center in Phoenix, Arizona. After Don’s death in 1974, Sybil became president of the foundation and expanded its scope. Indulging her love of music, especially grand opera, she became one of the New York Metropolitan Opera’s most generous benefactors, personally underwriting 16 new productions, two gala concerts, and 13 "Metropolitan Presents" telecasts.