Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic

Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences

622 West 168th Street
Department of Biomedical Engineering, VC12-234
New York, NY 10032

Phone: +1 212-305-2304
Fax: +1 212-305-4692
Email: gv2131@columbia.edu

Research Areas:
Tissue engineering, human stem cells, regenerative medicine.
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  • 1980 Ph.D, Chemical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1986-1987 Fulbright Fellow, MIT



  • Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor of Medical Sciences
  • Director, Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering
  • Co-Director, Craniofacial Regeneration Center, Columbia University
  • Honorary Professor, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Visiting Scientist, MIT
  • Associate Director, NIH Resource Center for Tissue Engineering
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University



  • National Academy of Engineering (2012) 
  • Continental Chapter Council of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (2011-2014)
  • Clemson award of the Society of Biomaterials (2010)
  • Scientific Advisor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2010)
  • Executive Committee, Columbia University Stem Cell Initiative (2010)
  • Distinguished Editorial Panel, NIH (2009, 2010)
  • New York Academy of Sciences (2009)
  • New York Stem Cell Foundation, Medical Advisory Board (2009)
  • Chair, NIH Study section on Biomaterials and Biointerfaces (2008-2010)
  • Hall of Fame, Women in Technology International (1 of 5 inducted in 2008)
  • NIAMS Board of Scientific Councilors (2008)
  • Head, Musculoskeletal Regeneration, Faculty 1000 of Medicine (2008)
  • NIH Director's lecture (2008)
  • Space Life Sciences Council (2003-2007)
  • Outstanding Performance Medal, World Congress of In Vitro Biology (2003)
  • Four NASA awards for bioengineering patents (2003-2005)
  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering(2000)
  • Outstanding performance certificate, NASA (2000)
  • Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Biomass Committee (1987-1992)
  • Medal of recognition, Centennial of the Serbian Chemical Society (1997)



Advanced technologies for functional tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, human stem cell research, and study of disease.




  1. Freed LE, Langer R, Martin I, Pellis N, Vunjak-Novakovic G. Tissue Engineering of Cartilage in Space. PNAS 94:13885-90, 1997; editorial in the same issue
  2. Radisic M, Park H, Shing H, Consi T, Schoen F, Langer R, Freed LE, Vunjak-Novakovic G. Functional assembly of engineered myocardium by electrical stimulation of cardiac myocytes cultured on scaffolds. PNAS 101(52):18129-34, 2004; (cover)
  3. Gerecht S, Burdick JA, Ferreira LS, Townsend SA, Langer R, Vunjak-Novakovic G. Propagation of undifferentiated human embryonic stem cells in hyaluronic acid hydrogels. PNAS 104:11298-303, 2007
  4. Figallo E., Cannizzaro C, Gerecht-Nir S, Burdick J, Langer R, Elvassore N, Vunjak-Novakovic G. Micro-bioreactor array for controlling cellular microenvironments. Lab on a Chip 7(6): 710-9, 2007; (cover)
  5. Radisic M, Marsano A, Maidhof R, Wang Y, Vunjak-Novakovic G. Perfusion bioreactors for controlling cellular environments. Nature Protocols3(4):719-38, 2008
  6. Grayson WL, Chao GP, Marolt D, Kaplan DL, Vunjak-Novakovic G. Engineering custom designed osteochondral tissue grafts. Trends in Biotechnology 26(4): 181-9, 2008
  7. Grayson WG, Fröhlich M, Yeager K, Bhumiratana S, Cannizzaro C, Wan LQ, Chan ME, Liu ME, Guo EX and Vunjak-Novakovic G. Engineering anatomically shaped human bone grafts. PNAS 107(8):3299-304, 2009
  8. Freytes D, Wan L and Vunjak-Novakovic G. Geometry and Force Control of Cell Function. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 108(5): 1047-58, 2009; (cover)
  9. Grayson W, Martens T, Eng G, Radisic M, Vunjak-Novakovic G. Biomimetic approach to tissue engineering. Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology 20:665-73, 2009
  10. Tandon N, Cannizzaro C, Chao P-hG, Marsano A, Maidhof R, Au H, Radisic M, and Vunjak-Novakovic G. Electrical field stimulation of cultured cells and tissues. Nature Protocols 4:155-173, 2009.
  11. Burdick JA and Vunjak-Novakovic G. Engineered microenvironments for controlled stem cell differentiation. Tissue Eng Part A 15(2):205-19, 2009
  12. Vunjak-Novakovic G., K.O. Lui, N. Tandon and K. Chien. Bioengineering heart muscle: a paradigm for regenerative medicine. Annual Reviews of Biomedical Engineering 13:245-267, 2011
  13. Vunjak-Novakovic G and Scadden D.T. Biomimetic platforms for human stem cell research. Cell Stem Cell 8:252-261, 2011
  14. Godier-Fournemont A, Martens T, Koeckert M, Wan LQ, Parks J, Zhang G, Hudson J, and Vunjak-Novakovic G. Composite scaffold provides a cell delivery platform for cardiovascular repair. PNAS 108(19): 7974-7979, 2011; Commentaries: Patching up the heart. Research Highlights. Nature472: 393, 2011; Patching up myocardium Jay SM and Lee RT. Circulation research 109 (5): 480-481, 2011
  15. Wan LQ, Ronaldson K, Park M, Taylor G, Zhang Y, Gimble JM and Vunjak-Novakovic G. Micropatterned Mammalian Cells Exhibit Chiral Morphogenesis. PNAS 108 (30): 12295-12300, 2011; covercommentary in the same issue: JC McSheene and RD Burdine: Examining the establishment of cellular axes using intrinsic chirality. PNAS 108 (30): 12191-12192

Tissue engineering, human stem cells, regenerative medicine.

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