Hong Wins 2020 CAB Mid-Career Award
Yi Hong, an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering, received a Mid-Career Investigator Award from the Chinese Association for Biomaterials.
The awards recognize individuals who have successfully demonstrated significant achievements in the field of biomaterials research. Hong received his award to recognize his pioneering research in the development and application of biomaterials, and his work’s service to the biomaterials community.
Hong joined UTA in 2012. Previously, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher, and later as a research assistant professor, at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh from 2006-12. His research focuses on developing functional and bioactive biodegradable soft materials and translational research for tissue repair and regeneration, with an emphasis on cardiovascular disease treatment and women and children’s healthcare.
Hong has received many awards, including the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER Award, UTA College of Engineering Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award and Excellence in Research Award and a Junior Investigator Award from BMES ABioM. He was elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association in 2017. His research has been supported by the American Heart Association, National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
He recently received an NIH R01 grant to optimize the application of biomaterials for pelvic organ prolapse prevention.
The CAB is a non-profit professional organization that aims to facilitate exchange of research ideas and to promote collaboration among scientists in the fields of biomaterials research. The members of CAB mainly consist of faculty and students in academia and professional scientist and executives in biomaterials industry. Since it was founded in 2015, the CAB has become a well-recognized and influential organization through its advocacy to biomaterial research, education, and professional services and many organized events in collaborations with other professional societies such as Society for Biomaterials (SFB) and American Chemical Society (ACS).