On October 15, 2012, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) announced the election of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates in recognition of their outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Included in the list of new members are three Texans: Lynda Chin, M.D., M.G., Lydia E. Kavraki, Ph.D., and Antonios G. Mikos, Ph.D.
Dr. Lynda Chin serves as the Lillie A. Johnson Chair for Cancer Treatment and Research at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she also serves as a professor and chair of the Department of Genomic Medicine. In addition, she is scientific director of the Institute for Applied Cancer Science at MD Anderson. Her research spans the fields of transcription, telomere biology, mouse models of human cancer, oncogenomics, and personalized cancer medicine.
Dr. Lydia Kavraki is the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and professor of bioengineering at Rice University. She is also a professor for the graduate program in structural and computational biology and molecular biophysics at Baylor College of Medicine. Her research contributions are in physical algorithms and their applications in robotics and computational structural biology and bioinformatics.
Dr. Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering at Rice University, is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Mikos was the 2007 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Awards Recipient in Engineering. Dr. Mikos' research focuses on the synthesis, processing, and evaluation of new biomaterials for use as scaffolds for tissue engineering, as carriers for controlled drug delivery, and as non-viral vectors for gene therapy.
Including the recent election, TAMEST has a total of 254 members, 60 of which are IOM members. TAMEST congratulates Drs. Chin, Kavraki, and Mikos for their election into this prestigious organization.