Bio-sketch: Antonios G. Mikos is the J.W. Cox Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. He is the Director of the J.W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering at Rice University. He received his Dipl.Eng. (1983) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and his Ph.D. (1988) from Purdue University, both in Chemical Engineering. From 1990-1991, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School. He joined the Rice faculty in 1992 as the T.N. Law Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996 and to Professor in 1999. During 1998, he was a Visiting Professor at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Utah.

Mikos’ research contributions have been in the synthesis, processing, and evaluation of new biomaterials for tissue engineering, scaffolds for three-dimensional cell culture, conduits for guided tissue regeneration, substrates for targeted cell adhesion, carriers for controlled drug delivery, and non-viral vectors for gene therapy. His research has led to the development of novel orthopaedic, cardiovascular, neurologic, and ophthalmologic biomaterials. He is the author of over 300 publications, 130 proceedings, 200 abstracts, and 20 patents. He is the editor of 7 books, including Frontiers in Tissue Engineering, as well as the editor of 9 journal special issues. In addition, he has given more than 90 invited seminars and 410 scientific presentations.

Mikos was elected a Fellow of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering in 2000 and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 1999. He has been recognized by various awards including: the 2005 Marshall R. Urist Award for Excellence in Tissue Regeneration Research of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the 2003 Huygens Lectureship of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, the 2001 Clemson Award for Contributions to the Literature of the Society for Biomaterials, the 1998 Young Investigator Research Achievement Award of the Controlled Release Society, the 1996 Outstanding Young Investigator Award of the Materials Research Society, the 1994 Whitaker Young Investigator Award of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the 1991 Victor K. LaMer Award of the American Chemical Society. He was also the recipient of a FIRST Award of the National Institutes of Health in 1996.

Mikos has supervised 20 Ph.D. and 4 M.S. theses, and is currently supervising the research of 16 additional Ph.D. graduate students. He has trained 23 post-doctoral fellows and supervised the research of 60 undergraduate students at Rice University. He is a Founding Member of the Bioengineering Department at Rice University (1997). He is the Organizer of the Continuing Education Course Advances in Tissue Engineering offered annually at Rice University since 1993.

Mikos is a Founding Editor of the journal Tissue Engineering and Member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Biomaterials (Special Issues Editor), Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Cell Transplantation, Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research (Part A and B),and Journal of Controlled Release.