Success Story

November 6, 2017

Guillermo Ameer, NU bioengineer and CBC awardee, elected fellow of AIChE

Congratulations to Guillermo Ameer who has just been elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Ameer has received multiple awards from CBC: he is a co-recipient of a CBC Catalyst Award (2013) and three postdoctoral fellows in his lab received CBC Postdoctoral Research Awards (twice in 2014 and once in 2015). In addition, Ameer’s startup company, VesselTek Biomedical, won the CBC Business Plan Competition in 2009. Ameer is a co-founder of several medical device companies in the areas of dialysis, vascular surgery, and orthopedic surgery. He was an invited speaker at the inaugural CBC Accelerator Network (CBCAN) meeting in March 2017.

Guillermo Ameer Elected Fellow of AIChE

Ameer honored for his pioneering work in biomaterials and regenerative engineering

Northwestern University Engineering News   |   By AMANDA MORRIS   |   November 2, 2017

Guillermo Ameer, NU

Guillermo Ameer, Sc.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Surgery, Daniel Hale Williams Professor, Northwestern University

Northwestern Engineering’s Guillermo Ameer has been elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals.

An expert in biomaterials and regenerative engineering, Ameer was recognized for his valuable contributions to the field. He officially received the award on October 31 at the AIChE Fellows Breakfast in Minneapolis.

“It’s an honor to be recognized and receive this distinction from AIChE,” said Ameer, the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery. “It puts me in the company of such highly accomplished chemical engineers.”

Ameer is a faculty affiliate of Northwestern’s Simpson Querrey Institute for Bionanotechnology, the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, and the International Institute for Nanotechnology.

Nominated by their peers, AIChE fellows are elite members who have practiced chemical engineering for more than 25 years and made significant contributions to the profession. AIChE’s board of directors elected 28 fellows this year.

A founding board member of AIChE’s Regenerative Engineering Society, Ameer focuses on biomaterials, medical devices and regenerative engineering, specifically for cardiovascular, orthopedic applications, urological, and diabetes applications. His work includes designing and evaluating biodegradable materials that promote tissue regeneration, wound healing and prevent scarring. His other interests include controlled drug, protein, and gene delivery, patient-specific medical devices using 3D-printing, and stem cell engineering.

Ameer has received many awards and honors for his work. In 2003, MIT Technology Review selected him as a top innovator under 35. He also received the American Heart Association Established Young Investigator Award, the Wallace Coulter Early Career Translational Award, and a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. He is also a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.


Adapted (with modifications) from Northwestern University Engineering News, posted by Amanda Morris on November 2, 2017.

CBC Awards:

CBC Postdoctoral Research Award (2015):
PIs: Josheng Xiaoand Guillermo A. Ameer (NU) for the project:
▸ Synergistic Copper Metal-Organic Framework-Hydrogel Composite Improves Wound Healing

CBC Postdoctoral Research Award (2014):
PIs: Bin Jiang, Guillermo A. Ameer and Jason A. Wertheim (NU) for the project:
▸ Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Derived Endothelial Cells in Vascular Tissue Engineering

CBC Postdoctoral Research Award (2014):
PIs: Jian Yang and Guillermo A. Ameer (NU) for the project:
▸ Periadventitial delivery of retinoic acid via thermoresponsive hydrogel

CBC Catalyst Award (2013):
PIs: Russell R. Reid and Tong-Chuan He (UChicago), and Guillermo Ameer (NU) for the project:
▸ Craniofacial Tissue Engineering with Citric-Acid Based Nanocomposite Scaffolds

CBC Business Plan Competition (2009):
Winner: VesselTek Biomedical, an innovative vascular products company started by Guillermo Ameer
▸ An NU Start-Up Wins 2009 CBC Business Plan Competition


▸ Inaugural CBCAN meeting (March 30, 2017):
Guillermo AmeerInvited speaker