Medicine

Elise Bixby

For a sixth grade science project, Elise Bixby wanted to test the effectiveness of her grandmother’s osteoporosis medicine on bone density. She carefully put chicken bones into separate Styrofoam cups, with and without the medication, and entered the county science fair.

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic

Biomedical engineering professor, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, holds a bone bioreactor used in her research. Photo by Eileen Barroso

Professor Vunjak-Novakovic is a pioneer in the engineering of functional human tissue for use in regenerative medicine. Her work has led to new approaches for treating injuries and complex diseases and also have supported the development and evaluation of therapeutic drugs.
Lee C. Bollinger
President Lee C. Bollinger has agreed to serve as co-chair of the NAS committee on the Future of Voting, which is studying the issues of accessibility, reliability and verifiable technology in relation to voting in the U.S.
J. Thomas Vaughan

Photo by Jeffrey Schifman

Last year, J. Thomas Vaughan joined Columbia as director of Magnetic Resonance Research, a new University-wide position.

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have identified the immune cells responsible for destroying hair follicles in people with alopecia areata, a common autoimmune disease that causes hair loss, and have tested an FDA-approved drug that eliminated these immune cells and