Professor Milica Radisic (BME, ChemE) has been awarded the 2023 Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Named for the famed naturalist, explorer and patron, the award honours the academic achievements of internationally recognized scientists and scholars from outside of Germany. Award winners are also invited to carry out their own research project in Germany for six months to an entire year, and they receive 60,000 euros, which can be used to fund the project and travel.
“This is a huge honour. The award is one of the most prestigious international recognitions a scientist can get,” say Radisic, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Organ-on-a-Chip Engineering.
“I am especially thankful to Dr. Ulrike Nuber from the Technical University of Darmstadt for nominating me.”
A leading expert in bioengineering human tissues and the design of microfluidic chips, Radisic will begin working with Nuber next year at her lab at Darmstadt, which focuses on creating disease models from human induced pluripotent stem cells.
Together, they will partner with researchers at Charité, the Berlin University of Medicine, to develop a vascularized organ-on-a-chip model.
The goal is to create an integrated system with multiple microscale cellular environments that can be designed to simulate the systematic function of the human body.