Awards, Honors and Media Coverage

Highlighted Awards

2019 Urology Care Foundation Awardee of Distinction
Anthony Atala, MD, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of Urology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, will receive the John W. Duckett, Jr., MD, Pediatric Urology Research Excellence Award.  Established in 2009, this award honors a physician-scientist or researcher for their outstanding work in pediatric urology. Dr. Atala was nominated by the Societies for Pediatric Urology for this award, and was selected by a review committee. The award is provided through a fund established by Mrs. Peggy Duckett-Drach and the Society for Pediatric Urology. The award will be presented May 4 at the American Urological Association (AUA) Meeting in Chicago.

Dr. Atala Ranked Top 20 Translational Researcher by Nature Biotechnology

Cystic Fibrosis Researcher at WFIRM Earns Funding Support
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s Sean Murphy, PhD, has been awarded three grants totaling almost a half million dollars to support cystic fibrosis research efforts.

Drs. Graca Almeida Porada and Chris Porada Receive R01 Grant

Dr. Hooman Sadri Ardekani earned Research Scholar award from the AUA Leadership Program

Dr. Khalil Bitars Lab Research Recipient of Multiple Awards

NSF Grant Recognizes Successful WFIRM Summer Scholars Program
The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to engage undergraduate students in research at the interface of engineering and biology in challenging areas of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (TERM) each summer.

WFIRM Team Member Honored by Alma Mater
Cara Clouse, DVM, was announced as a 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award winner by the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She will be recognized for her research work at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine during the Commencement and Hooding ceremonies to be held May 11, 2019.

WFIRM Researchers Featured in Tissue Engineering Journal
The research of PhD students Mahesh Devarasetty and Kyle Cowdrick, and Drs. Aleksander Skardal, Frank Marini and Shay Soker is featured on the front cover of Tissue Engineering Part A for October 2017

WFIRM Scientists Study Space Radiation Health Effects to Keep Astronauts Safe
The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) has been selected by NASA to lead a multi-institutional project to better understand the health risks astronauts face from exposure to galactic cosmic ray (GCR) and solar energetic particle (SEP) radiation that occurs from long-duration missions in deep space and to develop countermeasures to keep astronauts safe.

Dr. Anthony Atala, MD Honored as 2016 Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine

Bioprinting Team Receives 2017 Piedmont Triad Biotechnology Research and Development Excellence Award at Triad BioNight


Dr. Anthony Atala Awarded 2016 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award in Life Sciences