Dr. Guillermo A. Ameer, a native of Panama City, Panama, received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Doctor of Science degree in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2001, he joined the faculty at Northwestern University, where he is currently Daniel Hale Williams Professor of Biomedical Engineering with the McCormick School of Engineering and Professor of Surgery with the Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Ameer’s research interests include biomaterials, vascular and orthopaedic tissue engineering, controlled drug delivery, and bio/nanotechnology for improved therapeutics and diagnostics. He has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal publications and conference abstracts, several book chapters, and holds 35 patents issued and pending. He has served on several scientific review committees for funding research at the state and federal levels, and was one of 100 invitees by the National Academy of Engineering to attend the 10th annual Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (2004). Dr. Ameer is currently a permanent member of the Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering study section of the National Institutes of Health.
To accomplish his research goals, Dr. Ameer has assembled a team of collaborators, which include: Dr. William Pearce, professor and chief of Vascular Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Dr. Melina Kibbe, assistant professor and vascular surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Dr. Jason Koh, adjunct professor and orthopaedic surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Dr. Stuart Sprague, chief of the Division of Nephrology, Evanston Hospital; Prof. Vadim Backman, professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Northwestern University; and Prof. Timothy Carroll, professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Chicago.
Selected Awards and Recognition
- Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering
- Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Board of Directors
- Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
- NIH Challenge Grant, “A Revolutionary Therapy for Atherosclerosis: Liquid Cast Arterial Stents” (2009)
- Northwestern University Drew Senyei, MD Translational Research Award (2006)
- American Heart Association Established Investigator Award (2006)
- National Science Foundation CAREER Award: Biodegradable elastomeric composite scaffolds for ligament reconstruction (2006)
- Illinois Institute of Regenerative Medicine: Stem cell-based vascular tissue engineering Award (2006)
- Wallace H. Coulter Early Career Translational Research Award (2005)
- Invitee to the National Academy of Engineering’s 10th Annual Frontiers in Engineering Symposium (2004)
- Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award (2004-2007)
- American Immigration Law Foundation Immigrant Achievement Award (2004)
- Elected to Technology Review Magazine’s top 100 Young Innovators in the world (2003)
- American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant (2002)
- The National Kidney Foundation’s Victor M. G. Chaltiel Young Investigator Award (2002)