Roger D. Kamm SM ’73, PhD ’77, the Singapore Research Professor of Biological and Mechanical Engineering at MIT, is one of 65 new members elected to the Institute of Medicine.
Kamm joins the 29 current MIT faculty members and three current MIT staff members who are also members of the Institute of Medicine. For a list of all current and former MIT faculty and staff who are members of the institute, visit the Institutional Research website.
The Institute of Medicine is one of the four national academies, along with the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council. It serves as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on human health issues.
Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. New members are elected by current active members through a highly selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, healthcare and public health. The new members raise the Institute's total active membership to 1,649 and the number of foreign associates to 96. With an additional 72 members holding emeritus status, IOM's total membership is 1,817.
Kamm’s research aims to understand the fundamental nature of how cells sense and respond to mechanical stimuli, and to employ the principles revealed by these studies to seek new treatments for vascular disease and to develop tissue constructs for drug and toxicity screening. Current research activities in Kamm’s laboratory can be grouped into three broad categories: tissue engineering and microfluidics, cellular rheology and molecular mechanics.