Pinar Zorlutuna, Sheehan Family Collegiate Professor of Engineering, has been named a member of the Cellular and Molecular Technologies Study Section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review.
Members are selected on the basis of “demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.”
Members of a study section play a significant role in advancing the national biomedical research effort, which adds value to medical and allied research around the country. They review grant applications submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), make recommendations to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science.
Zorlutuna joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2014. Her expertise is in the design of biomimetic environments in order to understand and control cell behavior and cell-to-cell and cell-to-environment interactions through tissue engineering, genetic engineering, and micro- and nanotechnology.
With her students in the Zorlutuna Lab, she creates tissue and disease models that help address challenges such as myocardial infarction, tissue aging, and breast cancer.
— Joan Fallon, College of Engineering