Palmer adds AIChE Fellow to growing list of accolades

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Andre Palmer in Lab 2022
Professor Andre Palmer's work to engineer red blood cell substitutes could save lives in situations where a supply of blood for transfusions is not readily available.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professor Andre Palmer has been elected to the distinguished ranks of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Fellow. This honor reaffirms the high esteem with which colleagues and peers view his distinctive professional achievements and accomplishments.

Palmer is one of the world’s leading experts in blood substitute research and engineering. In 2021 alone, he earned four new R01 grants totaling $10.4 million from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

His research interests encompass the development of novel hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers for a variety of applications in transfusion medicine and tissue engineering. His lab is also developing protein scavengers of hemoglobin, heme and iron, non heme-based plasma substitutes, and monocyte/macrophage-targeted drug delivery systems.

The Fellow membership level is AIChE's highest grade of membership and is achieved only through election by the AIChE Board of Directors, generally upon recommendation of the AIChE Admissions Committee through whom all nominations for election to Fellow are processed. Fellows are an important resource for AIChE in providing experience-based guidance to leadership and members, as well as contributing to the activities of many AIChE entities.

In addition to his role as tenured professor, Palmer has served as College of Engineering associate dean for research since August 2021. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, which represents the top two percent of the nation's leading medical and biological engineering community. Palmer is also a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee on Blood Substitutes and recently completed a six year term on the NIH Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences Study Section. In addition to NIH funding, his research is supported by grants from the Department of Defense.

Palmer has authored more than 170 peer reviewed publications. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2001 and the Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award in 2008 from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. He is also a member of the Academic Advisory board for the Department of Chemical Engineering at Howard University.

-Story by College of Engineering Communications

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