Raj R. Rao, Ph.D.

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2021
For significant contributions to stem cell engineering research; bioengineering leadership and education; and active community engagement.

Researchers Receive Grant to Improve Cellular Therapies to Treat ‘Incurable’ Diseases

Via University of Arkansas | April 13, 2021

Two U of A researchers received a $480,000 National Science Foundation grant to investigate how engineered coatings that imitate the tissue matrix surrounding cells would affect the behavior of therapeutic human mesenchymal stromal cells, or hMSCs.

Jorge Almodovar, assistant professor of chemical engineering, and Raj Rao, professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, were awarded the grant from the NSF Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems… Continue reading.


Rao Elected President-Elect of Institute for Biological Engineering

Via University of Arkansas | April 12, 2021

Raj Rao, professor and department head of biomedical engineering at the U of A, has been elected president of Institute for Biological Engineering.

The IBE is a professional organization formed in 1995 that encourages inquiry and interest in biological engineering. Collegiate members from all over the nation make up the organization that Rao has been a participant of since 2005.

IBE supports the engineers, scientists and clinicians addressing problems through organizing the understanding of structure and behavior of living systems and creating biology-inspired design solutions. IBE promotes biological engineering in the most open-minded manner through research, education and professional development… Continue reading.


Dr. Raj Rao to be inducted into medical and biological engineering elite

Via AIMBE | February 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the election of Raj R. Rao, Ph.D., to its College of Fellows. Dr. Rao was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for significant contributions to stem cell engineering research; bioengineering leadership and education; and active community engagement.

The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. The most accomplished and distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs comprise the College of Fellows. AIMBE Fellows are regularly recognized for their contributions in teaching, research, and innovation. AIMBE Fellows have been awarded the Nobel Prize, the Presidential Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal of Technology and Innovation and many also are members of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences… Continue reading.