June 3, 2010 | UW Bioengineering
Xiaohu Gao honored as Faculty Innovator by UW College of Engineering
Xiaohu Gao, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering, has received a Junior Faculty Innovator award from the UW College of Engineering. The award is one of several given out as part of the college’s annual Community of Innovator Awards, which honor extraordinary efforts by faculty, staff and students.
Gao joined the UW faculty in 2005. His lab studies nanomedicine and nanotechnology, molecular engineering, molecular imaging, and targeted drug delivery. Last year, Gao received a grant as part of the federal economic stimulus package to support his work developing a new generation of nanocarriers to deliver cancer-targeted siRNA.
The Faculty Innovator award for junior faculty recognizes excellence in research and education through exemplary scholarship, extraordinary contributions and dedication, new and innovative research or educational programs, high level of commitment to students, and enhancement of participation of under-represented groups. Recipients are also recognized for research results that contribute to the expansion of knowledge or improvement of quality of life, and for making an impact to improve education.
Two other people from the Department of Bioengineering were also nominated for the Community of Innovator Awards. Graduate student Michael Nash was nominated as a Student Innovator in the research category, which recognizes innovation and creativity in research, as well as merit demonstrated by publications, external recognition, and invited presentations. Laura Wright, a program coordinator for the department, was nominated for a Staff Innovator award in the classified staff category. The award recognizes people who have a significant impact on their department through excellent customer service, resourcefulness, innovation and creativity, and promoting positive morale.