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Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic

University Professor

Columbia University

About Me

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is University Professor, the first engineer to receive this highest academic rank at Columbia University. She is also the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences, Professor of Dental Medicine and on faculty in the Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Human Development. She directs the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, the NIH Tissue Engineering Resource Center (TERC), and Columbia’s Center for Dental and Craniofacial Research. The focus of her lab is on engineering functional human tissues for use in regenerative medicine and patient-specific “organs-on-a-chip” models of disease. She is well published and highly cited, has mentored about 200 trainees, and has founded four biotech companies. She is a member of nine national and international academies including the Academia Europaea, US National Academies of Engineering, Medicine and Inventors, Royal Society of Canada Academy of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Research Keywords

Tissue engineering; Regenerative Medicine; Organs on chips

Fun Fact About Me


A massive ostrich egg from Madagascar, weightless pumice from southern Italy, Icelandic rocks - these are just a few of the pieces displayed in my “pebble” collection to which lab members and myself have contributed over the years!


Achievements of Interest

Great lab; Trained about 200 students, postdocs and clinical fellows

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic

Country of Origin

Belgrade, Serbia


Contact Me

Email: Twitter Handle: @GVNlab LinkedIn: Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic Website:


Contact Interests

Mentorship, Startup Advising, Academic Collaborations, Guest Speaker

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