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Professors receive awards for outside work

By Amala Nath

Dr. Sina Y. Rabbany, a professor who teaches biology, engineering and technology and public policy classes at the University, will be honored at the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering's (AIMBE) 21st Annual Event in Washington D.C. on Feb. 20 for ranking in the top two percentile of medical engineers throughout the country who study in that field.

According to the AIMBE, he was nominated for his "outstanding contribution to research and understanding of the role that vascular system plays in promoting functional tissue regeneration and for contributions to bioengineering education."

"Whenever you're acknowledged, it's exciting," said Rabbany. "This is a great opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other scientists and engineers. We can all solve the problem together."

Rabbany has taught at the University for 12 years and is an adjunct professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. He emigrated to the United States during his teens and finished high school on Long Island. From there, Dr. Rabbany earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Master of Science in Engineering, and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Rabbany's current research focuses on cellular and tissue engineering. He applies his results to the medical field, focusing on how he can use his findings to help improve our society. No matter how difficult his research may become, the key to Rabbany's success is determination.

"Conducting a research experiment is a lot like working on a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle," said Rabbany. "The pieces of the puzzle are difficult to fit together but after you solve it there is a great feeling of satisfaction."

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