(From left) B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., Lukasz Kurgan, Ph.D. and Gregory Buck, Ph.D.
(From left) B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., Lukasz Kurgan, Ph.D. and Gregory Buck, Ph.D.

VCU Professors Join Elite Biomedical Engineering Group

Lukasz Kurgan, Ph.D., Gregory Buck, Ph.D., and B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., at the AIMBE College of Fellows induction ceremony.
Lukasz Kurgan, Ph.D., Gregory Buck, Ph.D., and B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., at the AIMBE College of Fellows induction ceremony.

By Leila Ugincius

Three Virginia Commonwealth University professors have joined the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, an elite group that comprises the top two percent of medical and biological engineers nationally.

AIMBE inducted Gregory Buck, Ph.D., of the VCU School of Medicine and B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., and Lukasz Kurgan, Ph.D., of the VCU School of Engineering into its prestigious College of Fellows Class of 2018 today at a formal induction ceremony during AIMBE’s 27th Annual Meeting.

These inductions bring the university’s total number of AIMBE Fellows to 12.

“VCU is committed to innovation in all aspects of health care, as evidenced by the fact that 10 percent of the School of Engineering faculty are AIMBE fellows,” said Dean Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Chair.

AIMBE Fellows are regularly recognized for their contributions in teaching, research and innovation.

“Becoming an AIMBE Fellow is more than just another honorific designation,” said Executive Director Milan P. Yager. “AIMBE Fellows are expected to ‘give back’ by contributing to AIMBE’s critical mission of advancing excellence and advocating for the fields of medical and biological engineering. Never before has it been more critical for those in biomedical engineering to stand up for science and medical innovation.”

Members of the College of Fellows and peers selected Buck, professor in the VCU School of Medicine and director of the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, for his outstanding contributions to advancement in the areas of genomics, bioinformatics and quantitative microbial systems biology. Buck also holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Computer Science.

Gupton, chair of the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering and Floyd D. Gottwald Jr. Chair and founder of the Medicines for All Institute, was selected for his outstanding contributions to the development of new pharmaceutical processing capabilities that increase access to global health care.

Kurgan’s outstanding contributions to structural bioinformatics, focusing on protein-ligand and protein-nucleic acids interactions and computational characterization of intrinsic disorder, earned the Qimonda Endowed Professor and Vice Chair of Computer Science the fellowship.

Previous VCU inductees are:

  • Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Chair
  • Gerald Miller, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and director of the Center for Human Factors and Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Xuejun Wen, Ph.D., the William H. Goodwin Professor in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering
  • Jennifer S. Wayne, Ph.D., professor and associate chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Zvi Schwartz, Ph.D., associate dean for strategic initiatives and professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Henry J. Donahue, Ph.D., School of Engineering Foundation Chair, and professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • P. Worth Longest, Ph.D., Harris professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • L. Franklin Bost, M.B.A., executive associate dean of innovation and outreach of the VCU School of Engineering, director of the VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine and professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Krzysztof J. Cios, Ph.D., professor and chair in the VCU School of Engineering Department of Computer Science