Humphrey Professor: Dr. Diamond
of Engineering and Applied Science is pleased to announce the appointment
of Dr. Scott L. Diamond as the Arthur E. Humphrey Professor
of Chemical and
Dr. Diamond received his bachelor's
degree in chemical engineering in 1986 from Cornell University
and his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1990. He taught at
the State University of New York at Buffalo before joining
the faculty of Penn Engineering in 1997.
Dr. Diamond researches cardiovascular
therapeutic technologies in several key areas: mechanobiology,
blood clot dissolving therapies, blood coagulation, drug
discovery, and nonviral gene therapy. He published in Science his
seminal discovery that fluid shear stress, instead of a biochemical
signal, could control the genetic program of a living cell.
As an expert in thrombolytic simulation, Dr. Diamond's
contributions are widely recognized in the pharmaceutical
and device industries. Also, he discovered the use of nonclassical
nuclear localization signals for enhancing DNA-based therapies
for nondividing cells.
His laboratory has advanced chemical
and biomolecular engineering methods with more than $6 million
in research funding from the American Heart Association,
National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.
He has produced over 70 publications and patents. He has
served on advisory committees to NSF, NIH, AHA, and NASA,
and has consulted extensively for industry and government.
He is the recipient of the NSF
National Young Investigator Award, the NIH FIRST Award, the
1999 American Heart Association Established Investigator
Award, and the 1999 Allan P. Colburn Award, the highest distinction
given by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for
publication accomplishment by a member under the age of 35.
Dr. Diamond is the Director of
the Penn Biotechnology Masters Program, one of the largest
in the country with more than 120 students. Dr. Diamond also
serves as associate director of the Institute for Medicine
Dr. Diamond is the inaugural
recipient of the Arthur E. Humphrey Chair. The chair was
established to honor Dr. Humphrey by his former students
at Penn in recognition of his pioneering role in the field
of biochemical engineering. Dr. Humphrey served as dean of
the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 1972 to