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Controlled Release Society presents Mikos with
2011 College of Fellows Award

Rice University tissue engineer honored for material and
drug delivery research

By Shawn Hutchins

Antonios MikosAntonios G. Mikos has been selected for the Controlled Release Society’s (CRS) 2011 College of Fellows Award for his landmark contributions in material and drug delivery research that has brought about significant advances to the field of tissue engineering.

The College of Fellows Award, the most prestigious level of membership of CRS, credits decades of Mikos’ efforts in the research, development, and testing of many biomaterials for injectable delivery or implantation to aid in the repair or replacement of damaged tissue due to disease or trauma. He will be presented with the award during the society’s Annual Meeting & Exposition at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, June 31-July 3.

Mikos is the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, director of the John W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering, and director of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering. His research at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative focuses on the development of polymeric, biodegradable implants that serve as 3-D architectures for seeding cells and the controlled delivery of different drugs that influence cell behavior, stimulate growth and differentiation, and prevent infection. His work has resulted in the development of novel orthopaedic, dental, cardiovascular, neurologic, and ophthalmologic biomaterials that mimic native tissue development and structure as closely as possible.

For the past three years, the Mikos lab has been involved in highly collaborative projects with the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) to develop novel tissue engineering strategies to treat wounded military personnel and to accelerate the translation of regenerative medicine technologies from the laboratory to the clinic.

As a result of his investigations, Mikos is one of the top published U.S. scientists in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine with more than 420 publications tied to his name. He has been cited over 18,500 times, has an h-index of 74, and is the editor of 14 books and author of the award-winning textbook Biomaterials: The Intersection of Biology and Materials Science published by Pearson Prentice Hall.

Mikos is a founding editor and editor-in-chief of the journals Tissue Engineering Part A, Tissue Engineering Part B:  Reviews, and Tissue Engineering Part C:  Methods. He is also a member of the editorial boards of the journals Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Cell Transplantation, Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research (Part A and B), and Journal of Controlled Release

Mikos has mentored 50 doctoral graduate students and 33 postdoctoral fellows. He is the founder and organizer of the continuing education course Advances in Tissue Engineering, which has been offered annually at Rice University since 1993. He is currently president of the North American Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society. 

Incorporated in 1978, CRS is the premier society worldwide for delivery science and technology. The field of controlled release encompasses scientific and technical efforts to regulate the spatial and temporal effects of agents in diverse areas including human and animal health as well as non-pharmaceutical areas such as agriculture, cosmetics and consumer products, and the environment.