Prof. Michael R. King

In January 2017, Prof. Michael King moved from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA, to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, to become the Department Chair of Biomedical Engineering. He was also named the J. Lawrence Wilson Professor of Engineering there. King is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Since 2013 he has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, an official journal of the Biomedical Engineering Society. King’s research focuses on recreating the complexity of natural biological systems to engineer biomedically useful new applications. In one line of research, the King Lab has created nanostructured surfaces of defined roughness to control the adhesion of white blood cells, identifying a critical density of roughness elements that present cells from spreading, in a quasi-lotus leaf effect (AD Hughes et al., Langmuir 31:13553 (2015)). In another project, the King Lab has created artificial blood platelets, made from silica microparticles coated with the outer cell membrane of isolated human platelets. These artificial platelets participate in blood clots, can carry therapeutic cargo, and can be used to deliver potent drugs to cancer cells disseminating through the body (J Li et al., Biomaterials 76:52 (2016))