Recognized for Innovations in Cardiovascular Disease Detection and Treatment
By Mark Dwortzan
Professor Joyce Wong (BME, MSE), a world leader in the emerging field of living cell/surface interactions, has been elected as one of seven new Fellows of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), the leading professional society for biomedical engineers, for outstanding achievements in the field. She was recognized for her work in developing biomaterials to detect and treat cardiovascular disease.
“Professor Wong’s work combines elegant experiments with underlying theory, and the resulting contributions to science and engineering are both significant and wide-ranging,” said Professor Sol Eisenberg, chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department. “Her election as a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society is richly deserved.”
“I am truly honored to be selected as a BMES Fellow,” said Wong. “I am fortunate to have a job where I can work with the best students, postdocs and collaborators on exciting projects at Boston University that can influence the quality of healthcare.”
Funded by several major sponsors ranging from the National Science Foundation to 3M, Wong’s research has led to a better understanding of cellular processes involved in artherosclerosis and new therapies that can be used in surgical repair and early detection of the disease. She is also applying her fundamental work in contrast agents toward developing nanosensors to enhance oil recovery.
As head of the Biomimetic Materials Engineering Laboratory, Wong investigates how structure, material properties and composition of the interface between the cell and surrounding biological material affect fundamental cellular processes. Informed by this knowledge, she pursues tissue engineering solutions for pediatric vascular surgical repair and reconstruction; develops targeted nano- and micro-particle contrast agents for magnetic resonance, ultrasound and optical detection of atherosclerotic and vulnerable plaque; and engineers devices that mimic biological systems to study the cellular and molecular processes underlying restenosis (repeated narrowing of blood vessels) and, more recently, cancer metastasis.
Wong serves on the Board of Directors of the Biomedical Engineering Society and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. She is a recipient of the prestigious NSF CAREER Award and The Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Award. Currently a co-director of the Evans Center Affinity Research Collaborative in Nanotheranostics, she was recognized recently as “Collaborator of the Year” in Basic Physical Sciences and Engineering by BU’s Department of Medicine Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research.
As they join 117 existing BMES Fellows, Wong and the other Class of 2013 Fellows will be recognized during the BMES Annual Meeting in September in Seattle. Fellows are invited to pursue leadership positions within the Society and work to improve the future of BMES and the biomedical engineering field.