Cynthia A. Reinhart-King
Vanderbilt University, USA

Cynthia Reinhart-King is a University Distinguished Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Research in the School of Engineering, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering, and a Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University.  She is also President of the Biomedical Engineering Society, co-Director for the Center on Mechanobiology at Vanderbilt and an elected Faculty Senator. Prior to joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 2017, she was on the faculty of Cornell University where she received tenure in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She obtained undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biology at MIT and her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Bioengineering. Her lab’s research interests are in the areas of cell and tissue mechanics and cell migration as it relates to disease progression particularly in cancer, atherosclerosis, and wound healing. She was awarded the Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award and the inaugural Mid-Career Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society, an NSF CAREER Award, the Sonny Yau ‘72 Excellence in Teaching Award, a Cook Award for “contributions towards improving the climate for women at Cornell,” the Zellman Warhaft Commitment to Diversity Award from the Cornell College of Engineering, the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Award for Research and the Edward J. White Service Award from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. She is a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and she was an inaugural New Voices Fellow of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. She served as a standing member of the NIH CMT study section panel, an elected Board Member of AIMBE, Secretary and Elected Board member of BMES, and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of AIMBE.