Director, Principal Investigator
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Michael Shuler is the James and Marsha McCormick Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering as well as the Samuel Eckert Professor of Chemical Engineering in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. Shuler received his degrees in chemical engineering (BS, University of Notre Dame, 1969 and Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1973) and has been a faculty member at Cornell University since January 1974. Shuler’s research is focused on biomolecular engineering and nanobiotechnology and includes development of an “artificial” animal (in vitro) for testing pharmaceuticals, models of the vasculature to identify interactions of circulating tumor cells with the endothelium, controlled drug delivery to treat brain tumors, production systems for useful compounds, such as paclitaxel from plant cell cultures, and computer models of cells relating physiological function to genomic structure. Shuler’s research has led to commercial processes for production of the anticancer agent, Taxol, to tools to produce proteins from recombinant DNA (the “High Five” cell line), to software to support systems biology, and to devices for drug development (HuRel system).
He has received numerous awards for his research. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Notre Dame (2008). He has received the Amgen Award in Biochemical Engineering, the Professional Progress and Warren K. Lewis Awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Also, he was the inaugural awardee for the J.E. Bailey Award from the Society for Biological Engineering. Shuler has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Science.