Geert W. Schmid-Schönbein
University of California, San Diego
Chair/Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering
Geert W. Schmid-Schönbein is Distinguished Professor, Director of the Microcirculation Laboratory and Chairman of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He received his Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering at UCSD. Following three years as Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Physiology of Columbia University, New York, he joined the faculty of the Department of Bioengineering at UCSD in 1979.
He teaches bioengineering of living tissues and biomechanics and has been nominated repeatedly as Teacher of the Year in Bioengineering at UCSD. He is a member of several Societies in Engineering and in Medicine, Founding Member of AIMBE, former President of the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Microcirculatory Society and the North American Society of Biorheology, Fellow of the American Heart Association and the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering, and Member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He is Past Chair of the World Council for Biomechanics. He is the 2008 Landis Award winner of the Microcirculatory Society and recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award in the National Engineering Week 2009. His research interest is in Microcirculation, Cell and Molecular Mechanics applied to inflammation and pathophysiology. He has published over 375 original peer-reviewed research reports, several books and patents.
His team carries out bioengineering analysis of the microcirculation in human disease and has discovered a fundamental mechanism for cell dysfunctions and inflammation due to “Auto- digestion”. The team proposed a previously unrecognized mechanism for Shock and Multi- organ Failure and also discovered a mechanism for Type II Diabetes, Hypertension and co- morbidities in the Metabolic Syndrome X due to unchecked degrading protease activity.