Genin elected AIMBE Fellow

Guy M. Genin, professor of mechanical engineering & materials science in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, has been elected to the 2017 College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Guy Genin

Fellows of the institute represent the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers in the United States and include the most accomplished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators and successful entrepreneurs. Genin will be inducted with 145 colleagues at AIMBE’s annual meeting March 20 in Washington, D.C.

Genin’s research focuses on mechanobiology and aims to understand and harness the role of force in living systems. His group works on pathologies whose underpinnings have an important mechanical component, including cardiac fibrosis and pathologies of interfaces in the body. He also applies his techniques to the study of interfaces within plants with the overall goal of finding ways to manipulate plants using mechanical force. Genin is WashU’s principal investigator for a five-year, $25 million National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center grant focused on this area. This center, the NSF Center for Engineering Mechanobiology, aims to develop mechanobiology into an established discipline and produce a new generation of scientific leaders.

Genin is also known for his work in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is chief engineer for WashU’s Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology and has spun out two companies and produced several licensed patents.

Genin is the recipient of a number of other prestigious awards, including the Yangtze River Scholar award in 2015, the highest award issued to an individual in higher education by China’s Ministry of Education, an honor awarded to few people not born in China. He is the McDonnell Academy Ambassador to Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU) in China, and serves as Changjiang Professor on XJTU’s faculty. Genin joined the Washington University faculty in 1999. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Case Western Reserve University; master's (S.M.) and doctoral degrees in applied mechanics and solid mechanics from Harvard University; and did postdoctoral training at Cambridge and Brown universities.

AIMBE's College of Fellows is comprised of about 1,500 individuals who have made significant contributions to the medical and biological engineering community in academia, industry, government and education that have transformed the world. Fellows are nominated each year by their peers and work toward realizing AIMBE's vision to provide medical and biological engineering innovation for the benefit of humanity.

The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, entrepreneurship and security. With 90 tenured/tenure-track and 40 additional full-time faculty, 1,200 undergraduate students, 1,200 graduate students and 21,000 alumni, we are working to leverage our partnerships with academic and industry partners — across disciplines and across the world — to contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.