Niklason Named to NIH Panel

Duke University’s Laura E. Niklason has been appointed a member of the Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Sciences Study Section of the National Institute of Health’s Center for Scientific Review.

Niklason, who has M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, is an assistant professor with joint appointments in biomedical engineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and anesthesiology and surgery at Duke Medical Center. She is a specialist on tissue engineering, a rapidly developing field that integrates areas of biomaterials, cell biology and medicine to produce living replacements in the laboratory for failed tissues and organs.

Brent Stanfield, acting director of the Center for Scientific Review, said Niklason has agreed to serve a four-year term on the study section, effective July 1. Study sections review grant applications and survey the status of research in their fields of science.

“Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors,” Stanfield said.

“The scientific study sections at NIH are an important part of recommending the highest biomedical quality research applications to NIH,” said George Truskey, chair of Duke’s Biomedical Engineering Department. “Professor Niklason has made significant progress in cardiovascular tissue engineering and she will bring the same skills and dedication to the review process.”