Katherine Zhang Elected AIMBE Fellow

Professor Katherine Zhang (ME, BME, MSE) was elected to the 2021 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows.

Zhang was selected for outstanding contributions to the understanding of how multiscale extracellular matrix (ECM) mechanics and mechanobiology drive vascular physiology and pathophysiology. The ECM is the network of composite material in the space outside cells. In particular, Zhang studies the ECM in blood vessels. Combining imaging experiments and computer modeling, she has shed light on the complex interplay at work in the structure and mechanics of arteries, gaining insights into cardiovascular disease as well as diabetes.
Zhang is also associate chair for graduate programs and a past Clare Boothe Luce Professor. She has been the recipient of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Young Faculty Award and the NSF CAREER Award, and she is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

On becoming an AIMBE fellow, Zhang says, “I feel honored to be among the most accomplished and distinguished medical and biological engineers.”