Cecilia M. Giachelli, Ph.D.
Hunter and Dorothy Simpson Endowed Chair in Bioengineering
Professor and Chair, Department of Bioengineering
Dr. Giachelli received her undergraduate training in Biochemistry from the University of California at Davis and her doctoral degree in Pharmacology from the University of Washington. In 1999, she joined the UW Department of Bioengineering as the Deputy Director of the NSF-sponsored Engineering Research Center, UW Engineered Biomaterials.
Dr. Giachelli is internationally recognized for her work investigating the molecular mechanisms of vascular calcification and extracellular matrix control of cell function. Her studies have led to the discovery of key inducers and inhibitors that contribute to vascular calcification in the setting of chronic kidney disease, atherosclerosis and medical devices. These discoveries are currently being translated to therapeutic strategies to block inappropriate calcification in disease and biomaterials development.
Other key areas of research include control of inflammation and foreign body reaction, regenerative medicine, cell and tissue engineering.
Dr. Giachelli is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and recipient of the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, the Advances in Mineral Metabolism Investigator Award, and the American Society of Nephrology’s Jack W. Coburn Lectureship. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology, and is a founding member of the North American Vascular Biology Organization.
Learn more about:
- Cecilia M. Giachelli, Ph.D.
- The endowed fund that supports her work.
- Department of Bioengineering
- Giachelli Lab
If you’re interested in this field, please consider making a gift to this fund through the UW Foundation.