Biomedical engineering department head elected IAMBE fellow

Cheng Dong, biomedical engineering, (right) reviewing lab data with Xiaojun "Lance" Lian, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and grad students in August 2019. Credit: Tyler Henderson / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Cheng Dong, head of the Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering and distinguished professor of biomedical engineering, has been elected to the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE).

Dong was one of 28 distinguished new members nominated and elected by all active fellows of the IAMBE. His election to the academy is in recognition for his contributions to the profession of medical and biological engineering at an international level. 

“Cheng’s leadership has enabled the Department of Biomedical Engineering to be one of our college’s fastest growing programs,” said Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering. “Along with being an engineering leader, in the lab he has made multiple important contributions to the fight against cancer, so I am very happy to see him recognized in this way.”

Dong joined the Penn State faculty in 1992 and was named the head of the department, then known as Department of Bioengineering, in 2011. His contributions to cancer research are many. While known for his cutting-edge research in interplays of tumor microenvironment and inflammation, Dong's research interests include biomechanics, cellular engineering and cellular mechanics. His current research at Penn State includes studies of micro-hemodynamics, intercellular and intracellular signaling, biomechanics in oncology, cancer immunology and metastases. In addition, Dong is collaborating with biomaterial scientists and neural science biologists on the development of immune cell-mediated nanoparticles for drug delivery across the blood-brain barrier to target brain tumors.

Along with the IAMBE fellowship, Dong is a member of the United States National Committee on Biomechanics, a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, a council member of the International Society of Biorheology, a past chair of the BMES Cellular & Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group and a past secretary of the national Biomedical Engineering Council of Chairs. He is also a managing editor for Frontiers in Bioscience, an associate editor for BMES Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering and an associate editor for Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics. In addition, he serves as an editorial member of Medicine in Novel Technology and Devices and the Chinese Journal of Medical Biomechanics. His many honors include the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Y.C. Fung Young Investigator Award, ASME Melville Medal, ASME Best Journal Paper Award and BMES Harold Lamport Young Investigator Award.

“To receive such recognition is always a humbling experience for me,” Dong said. “When I see the names of my prestigious colleagues past and current who are IAMBE fellows, it truly drives home how much of an honor this is and I am so grateful to my peers for electing me.” 

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Dong will be inducted into the IAMBE during a virtual session held in conjunction with the Carnegie Mellon Forum on Biomedical Engineering on September 18.


Last Updated June 09, 2020