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Gilda Barabino, Ph.D.

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2007
For significant contributions in developing in vitro microscopy-based flow adhesion assays to characterize sickle cell adhesion mechanisms.

Making an impact with STEM

Via SciTech Now | October 30, 2017

Biomedical Engineer, Gilda Barabino talks about diversity in STEM Fields.

As a Biomedical Engineer, Gilda Barabino utilizes engineering principals to find solutions to health problems. Outside of the lab, she continues to make an impact in her community as an advocate for diversity in science and engineering.

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Grove School Dean Gilda Barabino Receives Top AIMBE Honor

Via CUNY | March 21, 2017

Gilda A. Barabino, Berg Professor and Dean of The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, is the winner of the 2017 Pierre Galletti Award presented by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.  AIMBE’s highest individual honor, it recognizes a member’s contributions to public awareness of medical and biological engineering, and to the promotion of the national interest in science, engineering and education.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AIMBE is a non-profit organization representing 50,000 individuals and the top 2% of medical and biological engineers. Barabino is AIMBE’s current president.

The Galletti Award is the latest honor received by Barabino. Last fall, she was elected an AIChE Fellow by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. It is the highest grade of membership and is achieved only by election by the AIChE board of directors.

In addition, Barabino was also awarded AIChE’s 2016 William W. Grimes Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering. That honor was in recognition of her outstanding achievements as a distinguished role model for underrepresented minorities in chemical engineering. It applauded her mentoring, contributions to the community and her excellent scientific contributions to the advancement of chemical engineering.

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Biomedical Pioneer, Gilda Barabino, Video Profile

Via MAKE IT COUNT | January 18, 2017

In this latest episode of MAKE IT COUNT, meet Dr. Gilda Barabino, Dean of the Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York…a true pioneer and woman of her time. She is a biomedical engineer, who as an African-American, a woman, has broken stereotypes and achieved the highest honors in her field. Dr. Barabino shares about some of the challenges she’s faced to get to where she is today, her thoughts on race, and how she leverages her success in service of others. A must watch!

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Gilda Barabino Awarded Honorary Degree by Xavier University

Via Xavier | May 7, 2016

Dr. Barabino is Berg Professor and Dean of The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). She holds appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and the Sophie Davis School of Medicine.

She is a noted investigator in the areas of sickle cell disease, cellular and tissue engineering, and race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering. She consults nationally and internationally on STEM education and research, diversity in higher education, policy, workforce development and faculty development.

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Barabino Named President of AIMBE

Via AIMBE | April 4, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) named its 2016-2018 President of its Board of Directors at its 25th Annual Event, April 3-4, 2016 in Washington, DC. Dr. Gilda A. Barabino, Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY), was elevated from the President-Elect to the President of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering during the Event. Dr. Barabino, a class of 2007 inductee of the College of Fellows for significant contributions in developing in vitro microscopy-based flow adhesion assays to characterize sickle cell adhesion mechanisms, was previously elected to the President-Elect position by the entire AIMBE College of Fellows during the February 2015 Board of Directors Election.

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Grove School Dean Barabino Briefs Congressional Panel on New Biomedical Technologies

Via CCNY | July 28, 2015

Gilda Barabino, dean of the Grove School of Engineering, was one of four experts invited to Washington on July 28 to brief the U.S. Congressional Sickle Cell and Research & Development Caucuses on promising new technologies to treat sickle cell disease.

The briefing, “Gene Editing and the Path to a Cure for Sickle Cell Disease,” provided an opportunity for the researchers to discuss recent breakthroughs in gene-editing technology. Two such technologies are CRISPR/Cas-9 and TALENs, which have made gene editing faster and cheaper.

“While sickle cell disease is the first molecular disease, having been discovered over 100 years ago, long-lasting treatments and a widely available cure remain elusive,” Barabino told the Congressmembers. “New research discoveries in the application of gene editing tools provide significant advantages compared to previously existing technologies and hold great promise for a cure for sickle cell disease.”

Barabino also used her time to press the case for diversity in biomedical research.

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Barabino Laboratory opens

Via CCNY | July 8, 2015

Grove School of Engineering Dean Gilda Barabino and her research team now have a permanent place to call home.

The Barabino Laboratory officially opened on July 8, giving Barabino and her seven-member team a dedicated space in which to conduct their work on vascular and orthopedic tissue engineering research. For the past two years, Barabino and her team shared an adjacent space with the lab of Distinguished Professor Mitch Schaffler, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

The 2,100-square-foot lab, which occupies two rooms on the fifth floor of Steinman Hall, contains state-of-the-art equipment that will aid the research into bone abnormalities, sickle cell disease and cartilage tissue engineering. That equipment includes an inverted fluorescence microscopy, a cell separator, a tabletop ultra-centrifuge, a real-time PCR, a texture analyzer, a particle analyzer and a micro plate reader.

“I want to apply engineering principles to solving problems in medicine,” Barabino said before the ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the lab’s official opening. For example, she said, “we use engineering systems to look at abnormal blood flow in sickle cell disease.”

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City College Appoints Two Academic Leaders in STEM Fields

Via The City College of New York | September 6, 2013

New deans of engineering and science bring academic excellence, management expertise and research accomplishments

Following an extensive nationwide recruiting process, The City College of New York today announced the appointment of two outstanding academicians, administrators and researchers who will bring new leadership to the College’s programs in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics):

Dr. Gilda Barabino, dean of the Grove School of Engineering

Dr. Tony Liss, Martin and Michele Cohen Dean of Science

“These two superb additions each bring to City College scholastic excellence, management expertise and research accomplishments,” said Provost Maurizio Trevisan in announcing the appointments. “They join us at a time of unprecedented growth, and their leadership will play a crucial role in the development of the new City College Center for Innovation and Discovery, scheduled to open next year on our South Campus.”

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Barabino Named Dean of City College of New York Engineering School

Via Biomedical Engineering Society | July 21, 2013

BMES President Gilda Barabino was named Dean for the Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York, according to Maurizio Trevisan the CCNY provost.

Barabino currently serves as professor of biomedical engineering in the Coulter Department of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, where she also serves as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.

Barabino will join City College on September 1, 2013.

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Gilda Barabino Elected BMES President

Via Georgia Tech News Center | November 8, 2011

Gilda Barabino was elected president of the Biomedical Engineering Society, it was announced at the 2011 BMES Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut. She begins her two-year term in October 2012 at the Society’s next annual meeting in Atlanta. Barabino is the first underrepresented minority and second woman to be elected president of BMES since it was established in 1968.

Barabino commented on her new role: “My vision for BMES, our profession and the institutions and entities that represent biomedical engineering, is that we practice and are characterized by diversity inclusion and that we serve as a model for others in doing so. Diversity inclusion is a term coined to denote a characteristic where an institution demonstrates through its policies and practices that diversity is central to its mission – this characteristic is essential to drive future innovation in our field. I will work tirelessly to lead by example and anticipate that others will follow suit.”

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