Cynthia Reinhart-King, Ph.D.

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2016
For outstanding contributions in cellular and tissue mechanics in disease progression

Cynthia Reinhart-King named Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow

Via Vanderbilt University | September 28, 2017

Cynthia Reinhart-King, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering, is a member of the 2017 Class of Fellows of the Biomedical Engineering Society. The BMES is the premier society for biomedical engineering and bioengineering professionals with more than 7,000 members. This year’s class includes 20 members nominated by their peers.

Reinhart-King is a cellular bioengineer whose seminal work on extracellular matrices has contributed to a breakthrough in understanding tumor formation. She was the first to show how the matrix, or the non-cellular glue in all tissues and organs, can stiffen when a tumor forms and promote tumor growth and interfere with the effectiveness of cancer treatments.

Her lab has significantly pushed this work on cancer and on atherosclerosis forward by using a multi-scale approach to understand how cells integrate physical and chemical cues within their environment. The multi-scale approach includes looking at disease progression at the tissue level, the cellular level and the molecular level using sophisticated engineered systems… Continue reading.


School of Engineering Recruits Biomedical Engineering Chair, New Faculty Members

Via Vanderbilt | October 5, 2016

The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering announces the appointment of senior faculty to the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and four junior faculty members representing biomedical, mechanical and computer science and computer engineering departments.

Michael R. King will join Vanderbilt as professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Cynthia Reinhart-King will join biomedical engineering as professor and will direct new research initiatives related to the emerging area of regenerative medicine.

Cynthia Reinhart-King investigates tissue formation and tissue disruption during diseases such as atherosclerosis and cancer. She focuses on how physical and chemical cues within the extracellular environment drive fundamental cellular processes including cell-matrix adhesion, cell-cell adhesion and cell migration.

Reinhart-King is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a recipient of a NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award and of the Rita Schaffer Award from BMES. She obtained undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering and biology at MIT and a Ph.D. in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Reinhart-King’s lab has received funding from the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the American Federation for Aging Research. She currently serves as a member of the national BMES Board of Directors, and serves as the program chair of the 2016 BMES annual meeting.


Cynthia Reinhart-King, Ph.D. To be Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

Via AIMBE | February 21, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Cynthia Reinhart-King, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Reinhart-King was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows For outstanding contributions in cellular and tissue mechanics in disease progression.