Melissa Knothe Tate wins $25,000 Distinguished Life Sciences Scientist award

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded Melissa Knothe Tate, professor of biomedical engineering, a $25,000 Chairmen’s Distinguished Life Sciences Scientist Award. Knothe Tate is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of orthopaedic mechanobiology as well as the development and clinical translation of novel technologies and materials. Her work involves studying the mechanobiology of living cells and how stresses, strains and mechanical forces affect cell signaling, differentiation, etc. This expands understanding of bone healing and supports development of synthetic tissues. The Life Sciences Awards recognize Americans who exemplify excellence in life sciences; other award winners included high school teachers and students. Knothe Tate will also receive up to $25,000 in research funds.