Biomedical engineer named a finalist in U.S. State Department research, education award

Zhen Gu, PhD, a researcher and professor in the UNC-NC State Joint Biomedical Engineering Program, received an international award for young investigators, and he was a finalist in a national research and education award.

Biomedical engineer named a finalist in U.S. State Department research, education award click to enlarge Zhen Gu, PhD

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Zhen Gu, PhD, who holds joint faculty positions at the UNC School of Medicine, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and NC State University College of Engineering, was recently named as a finalist in the U.S. Department of State’s 2017 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) competition.

Liangfang Zhang, PhD, of the University of California, San Diego, received the award. Gu, Zhang, and second finalist Michael Arnold, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will be invited to a State Department ceremony in Washington, DC, this summer. The ASPIRE annual award is hosted by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). It recognizes a young investigator who excels in scientific and cross-border research.

Gu was also awarded the Controlled Release Society’s Young Investigator Award, which is given to a CRS member who is under 40 years old and who “has made outstanding contributions in the science of controlled release.”

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