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Prof Kenneth Dawson elected to 2022 class of AIMBE College of Fellows

  • 24 March, 2022


The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the election to its College of Fellows of Professor Kenneth Dawson, Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at UCD School of Chemistry and Director of UCD Centre for BioNano Interactions. Professor Dawson was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the AIMBE College of Fellows for founding the concept of the biomolecular corona and outstanding contributions to the field of nanomedicine and nanosafety.

Professor Dawson is a leading academic expert on the principles governing the interactions of nanoscale entities with living organisms, and implications for bionanoscience. He established the Centre for BioNano Interactions at UCD in 2007, a multi-disciplinary research unit dedicated to advancing the knowledge and application of nanoscale structures that interact with living systems. 

Professor Dawson has also been a member of European Commission scientific committees including the SCENIHR committee on regulations for new risk in EU, the European Medicines Agency, and the European Science Foundation, as well as other foundations and agencies worldwide.

The AIMBE College of Fellows is comprised of the top two per cent of medical and biological engineers in the US. Fellows comprise distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators and entrepreneurs. Members include recipients of prestigious academic awards, including the Nobel Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Science and US Presidential Medal of Technology and Innovation.

The formal induction ceremony took place during AIMBE’s 2022 Annual Event on March 25, when Professor Dawson was inducted along with 152 colleagues who make up the AIMBE Fellow Class of 2022. More information about the AIMBE Annual Event is available at



AIMBE’s mission is to recognize excellence in, and advocate for, the fields of medical and biological engineering to advance society. Since 1991, AIMBE’s College of Fellows has led the way for technological growth and advancement in the fields of medical and biological engineering. AIMBE Fellows have helped revolutionise medicine and related fields to enhance and extend the lives of people all over the world. They have successfully advocated for public policies that have enabled researchers and business-makers to further the interests of engineers, teachers, scientists, clinical practitioners, and ultimately, patients.

AIMBE Fellows are committed to giving back to the fields of medical and biological engineering through advocacy efforts and public policy initiatives that benefit the scientific community, as well as society at large.