Kam Leong, the Samuel Y. Sheng Professor in the departments of biomedical engineering and systems biology, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Election to the Academy recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. The NAM cited his “contributions to biomaterials science and engineering, particularly in the areas of drug delivery, gene delivery, and cell topography interactions.”
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by my medical colleagues as an engineer,” says Leong, a leader at the forefront of drug and gene delivery as well as regenerative engineering. “My first thoughts were how fortunate I have been in working with such talented students and fellows all these years. I also have been blessed with wonderful collaborations with colleagues who inspired me to tackle important medical problems. Columbia offers such an intellectually stimulating and collaborative environment to research at the interface of engineering and medicine; this motivates me to work harder… Continue reading.