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educator , chemical engineer

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Serbian Chemical engineer, educator. Fulbright Foundation fellow, 1986-1987. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of University Women, AIChE, Association Fulbright Scholars.


Vunjak-Novakovic, Gordana was born on August 26, 1948 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Arrived in the United States, 1993. Daughter of Vlajko and Mila (Simeunovic) Vunjak.


Bachelor of Science, University Belgrade, 1972. Master of Science, University Belgrade, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering, University Belgrade, 1980.


Assistant professor, department chemical engineering University Belgrade, Serbia, 1981—1987, associate professor, department chemical engineering, 1987—1992, professor, department chemical engineering Serbia, 1993. Research scientist, Whitaker College Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1993—1998, principal research scientist, division health science and technology, 1999—2005. Director, laboratory for stem cell and tissue engineering Columbia University, since 2005, professor, department biomedical engineering New York, since 2005, professor, department biomedical engineering & dental and craniofacial bioengineering (in dentistry), College Dental Medicine, since 2007, professor, biomedical engineering in surgery, College Physicians and Surgeons, since 2007.

Member science advisory board Tissue Regeneration, Inc., Medford, Massachusetts, 2000, co.don, Tetlow, Germany, 2001—2004. Science advisor, founder Greenfuel, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2001, board directors, Massachusetts, since 2003. Member Space Life Sciences Council, 2003—2007.

Member external advisory board Tufts University Dental School, 2003—2004. Science co-chair World Congress of In Vitro Biology, San Francisco, 2004, chair, Baltimore, 05. Visiting scientist, division health science and technical Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, since 2005.

Adjunct professor, department biomedical engineering Tufts University, Boston, since 2002. Co-director National Institutes of Health Tissue Engineering Resource Center (TERC). Invited lecturer in field.


  • Achievements include first woman engineer to receive the Director' Lecture distinction from the National Institutes of Health in 2007. Patents in field.


  • book

  • Other Work

    • Member editorial board Woodhead Public, Cambridge, England, 2004, Tissue Engineering, 2005, Fluid Dynamics and Materials Processing, 2005, Chemical Industry and Chemical Engineering Quarterly, 2005, biography in the book Extraordinary Women Engineers, 2006. Editor: Tissue Engineering Journal, special issue: Tissue Engineering-the next generation, 2006, New Series of Biomedical Engineering Books, John Wiley, 2007-2012. Co-editor: Translational Approaches in Tissue Engineering Artech House, 2007.

      Co-author: Culture of Cells for Tissue Engineering, 2006. Contributor articles to professional journals, chapters to books.


Member science committee, microgravity transport processes in fluid, thermal, materials and biological science United Engineering Foundation, Baniff, Canada, 2001. Fellow: American Institute Medical and Biological. Engineering; member: American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Tissue Engineering Society International, Biomedical Engineering Society, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (member biomass committee 1987-1992), American Chemical Society, Orthopaedics Research Society, Society for In Vitro Biology (member science advisory board 2002, board directors 2004, chair, cellular toxicology section 2004), Biomaterials Research Society, Faculty of 1000 Medicine, Association Fulbright Scholars.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: literature, classical music, film, traveling.


Married Branko Novakovic, October 27, 1974. 1 child Stasha Novakovic.

Vlajko Vunjak

Mila (Simeunovic) Vunjak

Branko Novakovic

Stasha Novakovic Vunjak-Novakovic