Alumna Josephine Allen ’00 (Biology), M.S. ’02 (Biology) was elected to The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows in March. She was recognized for her outstanding contributions in advancing knowledge of adult stem cells for vascular tissue engineering and in cardiovascular disease. Allen’s research group was the first to report the effect of altered gravity on vascular stem cell processes, including differentiation, and became the first to send a combination of vascular cells to the International Space Station.
AIMBE is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., representing the most accomplished individuals in the fields of medical and biological engineering. Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. Allen is an associate professor and Genzyme Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, at the University of Florida.