Gilda Barabino

Women in STEM
Women in STEM
Gilda Barabino

Specialty: Biomedical Engineering

Major Contributions:

Former Dean, Berg Professor at Grove School of Engineering at City College of New York

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Founder, Executive Director of National Institute for Faculty Equity

President and Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering Olin College

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While working on her doctorate, Dr. Gilda Barabino wanted a career that allowed her to use her education and knowledge to help people but didn’t want to go the clinical medicine route.  Instead, she earned her PhD in chemical engineering from Rice University. 

While at Rice she started applying fluid mechanical principles to the flow of blood in the body as a way of combining chemical engineering and medical applications. For her dissertation she selected to study sickle-cell disease – a group of genetically passed blood disorders that result in an abnormality in the oxygen-carrying protein hemoglobin in red blood cells. In her research she is interested in discovering ways to block the adhesions that occur between red blood cells and the cells lining the vessel walls for people affected by the disease.  

In 2013 she was appointed the Berg Professor and Dean of the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York where she held positions in the departments of biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, and the Sophie Davis School of Medicine.   As the head of the Barabino Laboratory on Vascular and Orthopedic Tissue Engineering Research at CCNY, she led a team of students and researchers that primarily focus on cellular and tissue responses to fluid mechanical forces.  In 2020 she was named President of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering also serving the students there was a Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering. 

Barabino is also a staunch advocate for diversity in scientific fields stating, “The best science is conducted when we have the most inclusive group of people involved. You can’t possibly have the best minds at the table if you exclude a certain group.” As part of her drive to make science more inclusive she served as the inaugural Vice Provost for Academic Diversity while teaching at Georgia Tech and is the founder and executive director of the National Institute for Faculty Equity.  She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Biomedical Engineering Society – a group that works to provide a society offering equal status to both biomedical and engineering interests.

Written by Angela Goad



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See Also:

City College of New York

National Institute for Faculty Equity

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America