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Dean Loboa honored among nation’s top inventors

Congratulations graphic with Loboa in white jacket.

Dean Elizabeth Loboa was selected as an NAI Fellow for demonstrating “a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development and welfare of society.”

Mizzou Engineering has another National Academy of Inventors Fellow in its ranks.

Dean Elizabeth Loboa received the honor from the NAI on Tuesday and will be formally inducted in a ceremony in April in Houston. Loboa was selected for demonstrating “a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development and welfare of society.”

The dean joins a group of some of the world’s top researchers, including several from MU. Mizzou Engineering faculty members Shubhra Gangopadhyay and Sheila Grant are NAI Fellows, as is MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright.

“I am honored to be chosen as an NAI Fellow, and I want to thank Chancellor Cartwright for nominating me for such an incredible honor,” Loboa said. “I am proud to have the opportunity to represent both MU and Mizzou Engineering as a member.”

NAI Fellows are members of a prestigious group that holds more than 32,000 U.S. patents, has created more than 9,400 technologies and/or companies and has generated nearly $140 billion in revenue from their discoveries. The 912 fellows represent some of the globe’s most well-renowned universities and research institutes.

To be selected, potential fellows must be nominated for induction by current NAI Fellows, must be named an inventor on at least one patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and must be affiliated with a university or non-profit research institute. Approved applications are selected by an NAI advisory committee.

“Dean Loboa has made outstanding and innovative contributions in her fields of research, as is evidenced by her selection as an NAI Fellow,” said Mark McIntosh, vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and economic development at MU and vice president of research and economic development for the UM System. “Being named a Fellow helps enhance the types of research conducted at the university while mentoring the next generation of undergraduates and graduates and improving the lives of citizens in our state, region, nation and the world.”

Loboa has worked tirelessly to promote innovation and world-class research as Dean of Mizzou Engineering. In her new role as MU Vice Chancellor for Strategic Partnerships, she is helping to make the cutting-edge Translational Precision Medicine Complex a reality, which will impact the lives of countless Missourians and people all around the world.

Her own research has led to breakthroughs in tissue engineering and biomaterials, regenerative medicine and wound healing. Loboa has developed new methods of treating MRSA, uncovered key information about osteoporosis in older women, helped make tissue engineering cheaper and more scalable through a novel scaffolding process and much more.

In addition to being a newly-minted NAI Fellow, Loboa is also a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

“This recognition demonstrates the innovative spirit that University of Missouri researchers embody to help the advancement of science,” Cartwright said. “Dean Loboa’s … contributions impact the quality of life for Missourians, as well as the broader global community. Their spirit helps make our institution such a great place to learn, work and collaborate, while validating MU as one of America’s leading research universities.”

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