The Senate of the University of Novi Sad reached a decision to confer the honorary doctorate degree to Prof. Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novaković, full professor of Columbia University in New York, USA, at the session held on 11 May 2017.
Prof. Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novaković is a Serbian-American Bioengineer, full professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences at Columbia University in New York since 2005, where she leads a laboratory with more than 40 researchers. In 2017 she was promoted to the title of University Professor, the most prestigious academic level reserved for only 16 out of four thousand professors at Columbia University. Professor Vunjak-Novaković is one of the world leaders in the field of Tissue Engineering. Her laboratory has developed new methods based on stems cells, biomaterials and bioreactors for the regeneration of the heart, lungs and bones and “organs on a chip“ models of human physiology and pathology (cancer, heart failure, fibrosis, inflammation).
The ceremony of the conferral of the honorary doctorate of the University of Novi Sad to Prof. Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novaković will be held on the Day of the University of Novi Sad, 28 June 2017. On this occasion Professor Vunjak-Novaković will hold an inaugural lecture entitled Tissue Engineering for Medical Applications.
Last year, the Senate of the University of Novi Sad awarded the honorary doctorate in the field of legal sciences to Prof. Dr. Christian von Bar, full professor at the University of Osnabrück, Germany, and Founder and Director of the European Legal Studies Institute.