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Zervantonakis named 2024 BMES-CMBE Rising Star Junior Faculty

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From cancer research to tissue injury, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Ioannis Zervantonakis has been steadily building his research program on cellular microenvironment engineering using microfluidics since he joined the department in 2019.

This year, Zervantonakis received a 2024 Rising Star Junior Faculty Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Cell and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Special Interest Group (SIG), honoring his outstanding impact on the field of cellular and molecular bioengineering.

The CMBE Rising Star Award recognizes a BMES-CMBE SIG member who is at their early independent career stage. Zervantonakis studies cell migration, growth and survival in healthy and diseased tissue microenvironments, while members of his research group develop microfluidic and systems biology tools to measure and manipulate cell-cell interactions.

rising star awardees

CMBE Rising Star awardees were invited to attend and present at the annual BMES CMBE Conference in early January in San Juan, Puerto Rico with the theme "Systems Bioengineering: From Molecules to Cells to Tissues.” Zervantonakis also presented on microfluidic modeling of tumor-macrophage interactions in ovarian cancer at the conference.