National Academy of Medicine Elects Three New Members from Penn

Three professors from the University of Pennsylvania have been elected members to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the nation's highest honors in biomedicine. NAM was originally the Institute of Medicine, which was established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences to advise the nation on medical and health issues. Members are elected to the NAM by their peers for distinguished contributions to medicine and health. 

Dennis E. Discher, PhD, is the Robert D. Bent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in theSchool of Engineering and Applied Science. He holds secondary appointments in Bioengineering and in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and is a member of Graduate Groups in Cell and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, and Physics. His research has focused on stem cell differentiation in relation to physicochemical properties of microenvironments, which differ greatly between tissues and in injury and disease.  His group uses engineered polymer systems in studies that have extended to questions on drug carriers, particularly the roles of nanoscale features and immune system interactions.

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