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Fabrisia Ambrosio and Ramakrishna Mukkamala elected to AIMBE 2022 Class of Fellows

Two University of Pittsburgh faculty are the newest members among the 153 elected this month to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows, in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in medical and biological engineering.

Fabrisia Ambrosio-2020

Fabrisia Ambrosio, PhD, MPT (Primary: Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Secondary: Department of Bioengineering) was selected for “outstanding contributions to the novel field of Regenerative Rehabilitation, integrating applied biophysics and cellular therapeutics to optimize tissue function”.  Ambrosio's research has the long-term goal of developing Regenerative Rehabilitation approaches to improve the skeletal muscle healing and functional recovery. Her laboratory uses murine and human models to investigate the underlying mechanisms by which targeted and specific mechanotransductive signals can be used to enhance donor and/or host stem cell functionality. She is also the Director of Rehabilitation for UPMC International.

Ramakrishna Mukkamala

Ramakrishna Mukkamala, PhD (Primary: Department of Bioengineering and Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine; Secondary: Electrical and Computer Engineering) was elected for “pioneering contributions to developing and advancing novel, physiology-based hemodynamic monitoring technologies.” His research interests include cardiovascular engineering and include computational physiology, medical devices, mHealth, patient monitoring, physiologic sensors, and physiologic signal processing and modeling. 

They are among 32 current faculty in Pitt’s School of Medicine and Swanson School of Engineering named AIMBE Fellows. College of Fellows membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering and medicine research, practice, or education” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of medical and biological engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to bioengineering education.”

“AIMBE Fellowship is a tremendous honor – only the top two percent of medical and biological engineers are elected,” noted Sanjeev G. Shroff, Distinguished Professor and Gerald E. McGinnis Chair of Bioengineering at the Swanson School and himself an AIMBE Fellow. “I am especially proud of the contributions that Fabrisia and Rama bring to our program and Pitt with respect to academics and research. I congratulate them on this phenomenonal testament to their careers.”

AIMBE Fellows are among the most distinguished medical and biological engineers including 3 Nobel Prize laureates, 18 Fellows having received the Presidential Medal of Science and/or Technology and Innovation, and 201 also inducted to the National Academy of Engineering, 101 inducted to the National Academy of Medicine and 45 inducted to the National Academy of Sciences.


Established in 1991, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., representing the most accomplished individuals in the fields of medical and biological engineering. No other organization can bring together academia, industry, government, and scientific societies to form a highly influential community advancing medical and biological engineering. AIMBE’s mission is to provide leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society.


Current University of Pittsburgh AIMBE Fellows

NameAppointment(s)Year Elected
1.      Fabrisia Ambrosio, PhD, MPTAssociate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation2022
2.      Ramakrishna Mukkamala, PhDProfessor, Bioengineering and Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine2022
3.      Heng Huang, PhDJohn A. Jurenko Endowed Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering2020
4.      Alicia M. Koontz, PhDProfessor, Human Engineering Research Laboratories2020
5.      Lance A. Davidson, PhDProfessor, Department of Bioengineering2018
6.      Richard E. Debski, PhDProfessor of Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Bioengineering2018
7.      Jonathan Vande Geest, PhDProfessor, Bioengineering2018
8.      Xinyan Tracy Cui, PhDWilliam Kepler Whiteford Professor of Bioengineering, Department of Bioengineering2016
9.      Steven R. Little, PhDWilliam Kepler Whiteford Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering; Professor of Bioengineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Immunology, Ophthalmology and The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine; University Honors College Faculty Fellow, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering2016
10.  Robert M. Nishikawa, PhDProfessor, Department of Radiology2016
11.  Ronald K. Poropatich, M.D.Colonel, Retired, US Army and Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh and Executive Director, Center for Military Medicine Research, University of Pittsburgh and Senior Advisor for Telemedicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, Dept. of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine2016
12.  James H-C. Wang, PhDProfessor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering2016
13.  Prashant Kumta, PhDEdward R. Weidlein Chair, Professor2011
14.  Patrick Loughlin, PhDWilliam Kepler Professor of Bioengineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering2009
15.  Fernando Boada, PhDDirector, MR Research Center2008
16.  D. Lansing Taylor, PhDDirector, Drug Discovery Institute; Allegheny Foundation Professor2008
17.  Alan D. Hirschman, PhDVisiting Professor, Bioengineering2007
18.  George Stetten, M.D., PhDProfessor of Bioengineering2006
19.  Mingui Sun, PhDProfessor, Neurological Surgery2006
20.  David A. Vorp, PhDWilliam Kepler Whiteford Professor, Professor of Bioengineering, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Surgery2005
21.  David M. Brienza, PhDProfessor, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology2004
22.  Michael L. Boninger, M.D.Senior Associate Medical Director, Human Engineering Research Laboratory2003
23.  Marina V. Kameneva, PhDResearch Professor of Surgery and Bioengineering2002
24.  William J. Federspiel, PhDProfessor of Chemical Engineering, Surgery and Bioengineering1999
25.  Mark Redfern, PhDProfessor, Bioengineering1999
26.  Sanjeev Shroff, PhDDistinguished Professor and McGinnis Chair, Bioengineering1999
27.  Stephen F. Badylak, DVM, PhD, MDProfessor, Department of Surgery1998
28.  Rory A. Cooper, PhDFounding Director and VA Senior Research Career Scientist, Human Engineering Research Laboratories1998
29.  Harvey S. Borovetz, PhDProfessor of Bioengineering1994
30.  Freddie H. Fu, M.D.Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery1993
31.  Tin-Kan Hung, PhDProfessor, Civil Engineering, Neurological Surgery, and Bioengineering1993
32.  Savio Woo, PhD, D.Sc., D.Eng.Distinguished University Professor and Director Musculoskeletal Research Center1992