Princess Imoukhuede, associate professor of biomedical engineering and director of diversity initiatives for the McKelvey School of Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2021 Mid-Career Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). The award recognizes members who demonstrate significant leadership and achievements in scholarship, education, mentorship, leadership or the practice of biomedical engineering.

BMES is a professional society for biomedical engineering and bioengineering and has more than 5,000 members worldwide.

Imoukhuede is a member of the BMES board of directors and previously served as co-chair of the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Track for the 2018 BMES national meeting. Along with this service, she also co-founded the Black Women in BMES special sessions, which have been held during the organization's national meetings for the past three years.

“Professor Imoukhuede is a bold investigator with a history of embarking on ambitious and important scientific projects,” said Lori Setton, the Lucy & Stanley Lopata Distinguished Professor and chair of biomedical engineering. "She has advanced the discipline of growth factor receptor signaling with highly innovative hypotheses supported by meaningful and intriguing data. Further, the impact of her scientific work in the discipline is matched by her commitment to excellence in education and mentoring of young and emerging scientists and engineers.”

Imoukhuede joined Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. Her research examines the mechanisms that regulate angiogenic signaling with focus on tyrosine kinase receptors, vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGFR) and platelet-derived growth factor receptors (PDGFR).

Earlier in 2021, Imoukhuede was named a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and was listed among the “inspiring Black scientists in America” by Cell Mentor.