Sridhar Srinivas
The Biomedical Engineering Society Diversity Award was presented this year to Srinivas Sridhar, University Distinguished Professor of Physics, Bioengineering, and Chemical Engineering.

by Greg St. Martin

Srinivas Sridhar, Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Physics, Bio­engi­neering, and Chem­ical Engi­neering at North­eastern, who has led pio­neering research and edu­ca­tion ini­tia­tives in the field of nanomed­i­cine, has received the 2016 Bio­med­ical Engi­neering Society Diver­sity Award.

The award, which was pre­sented ear­lier this month, honors recip­i­ents for their out­standing con­tri­bu­tions to improving gender and racial diver­sity in bio­med­ical engi­neering. “This award rec­og­nizes the work I’ve been doing for the past 10 years, a path moti­vated by spreading knowl­edge and breaking down bar­riers to access of knowl­edge,” Sridhar said.

A year ago Sridhar and col­league Thomas Web­ster, the Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engi­neering and the chair of the Depart­ment of Chem­ical Engi­neering, received a National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion grant to launch the Nanomed­i­cine Academy of Minority Serving Insti­tu­tions. The ini­tia­tive builds upon Sridhar’s work over the past decade to grow Northeastern’s robust research port­folio and cur­ricula in nan­otech­nology and nanomed­i­cine and is designed as means of training a diverse work­force focused on bringing nan­otech­nology solu­tions to medicine.

The academy, which Sridhar directs, has estab­lished a scal­able, inter­ac­tive net­work that web broad­casts grad­uate courses and research pro­to­cols from a class­room at North­eastern to stu­dents enrolled at four partner insti­tu­tions: the Uni­ver­sity of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, Tuskegee Uni­ver­sity, Morgan State Uni­ver­sity, and Florida Inter­na­tional University.

“We’ve estab­lished a unique model of col­lab­o­ra­tive edu­ca­tion,” Sridhar said.

The academy expands on the work of Northeastern’s 11-​​year Nanomed­i­cine and Tech­nology Pro­gram, also directed by Sridhar and funded by the NSF’s Inte­gra­tive Grad­uate Edu­ca­tion and Research Trainee­ship, or IGERT, pro­gram. Sridhar also leads the university’s CaN­CURE pro­gram, which pro­vides co-​​ops for under­grad­u­ates in nanomed­i­cine research in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ini­tia­tive to Elim­i­nate Cancer Dis­par­i­ties at the Dana-​​Farber/​Harvard Cancer Center. The CaN­CURE pro­gram places a par­tic­ular emphasis on attracting young sci­en­tists from under­rep­re­sented minority groups.

In hon­oring Sridhar the Bio­med­ical Engi­neering Society under­scored these con­tri­bu­tions as well as his work men­toring women and under­rep­re­sented minori­ties who are bio­med­ical scientists—including fac­ulty, post­doc­toral fel­lows, and grad­uate and under­grad­uate students.

Originally published in news@Northeastern on October 31, 2016.