Biomedical Engineer Wins Guggenheim
Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at City
College and the Graduate Center Sheldon Weinbaum was
named a Guggenheim Fellow in April.
Weinbaums research will be in The Structure and
Function of the Endothelial Glycocalyx. His objective
will be to assemble an interdisciplinary team with theoretical
and experimental expertise whose research focus will be to
study further the endothelial glycocalyx, a fiber matrix or
gel-like structure that coats the surface of the vascular
endothelium, the inner lining of blood vessels.
Among other functions, the endothelial glycocalyx is believed
to play a critical role in the motion of both red blood cells
and white blood cells in the microcirculationand the osmotic
movement of water in and out of our capillaries.
Weinbaum was the founding director of the Center for Biomedical
Engineering (1994-99) at City College and is a member of the
National Academy of Engineering. He is one of three 2002 Fellows
selected in the field of molecular and cellular biology. His
selection in this field is most unusual, since he is an engineer
with no formal training in biology.
The author of 185 papers, Weinbaum has received several other
prestigious prizes and awards, including a $300,000 Special
Creativity grant from the National Science Foundation.
Two of his most notable contributions in the biomedical field
are the Weinbaum-Caro model for transport of cholesterol and
other large molecules in the artery wall, and the Weinbaum-Jiji
bioheat equation for describing heat exchange in the micro-circulation.
As CUNY Matters went to press, Weinbaums election
to the National Academy of Sciences was also announced.