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Featured Profile: Sheila Grant


Sheila Grant

University of Missouri researcher Dr. Sheila Grant engineers new medical solutions.

Grant is an expert in materials science and engineering whose research involves synthetic and organic tissue engineering and sensor development. She has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Army Research Laboratory and U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as by private companies. Among other discoveries, Grant invented a new way to prevent a skin protein, collagen, from breaking down. This technology help created several high tech ventures.

Grant is also part of a team of engineers utilizing new advances in nanotechnology to develop new sensing mechanisms and sensing platforms. Using a technology called plasmonics, they have created ultra-sensitive and high resolution platforms that can be used to detect medically important diseases.

In addition to Grant’s outstanding research and entrepreneurship accomplishments, she has also received numerous research, education and mentorship awards. In 2017 she was elected into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. The College of Fellows includes fewer than 2,000 of the most accomplished medical and biological engineers in the country.

Dr. Sheila Grant is a professor in the Department of Bioengineering, a joint unit of the Colleges of Engineering and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. She also serves as Associate Dean of Research for the College of Engineering and Co-Associate Director of the Center for Nano/Micro Systems and Nanotechnology.

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One Health/One Medicine