In Astounding Test, Scientists Revive Damaged Lungs for Transplant


Columbia University Professor and Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at Columbia Engineering, Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, has been published in The New York Times for her groundbreaking work on reviving damaged lungs that would otherwise be unfit for transplant. Dr. Vunjak-Novakovic co-led a team with the Vanderbilt Lung Institute’s Surgical Director, Matthew Bacchetta, to develop a way for injured lungs to repair themselves through a ventilator connected to a body. Through the Blavatnik Acceleration Funds, Dr. Vunjak-Novakovic’s initial breakthrough research was funded and accelerated for its potential translation to create a real-world impact that can benefit thousands of people waiting for lung transplants.