Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD is awarded the highest award in TERMIS Global – the Jensen Tissue Engineering Award – for her work on engineering functional human tissues for use in regenerative medicine and patient-specific “organs-on-a-chip” for studies of human pathophysiology.

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD

Gordana will be presented with a silver medallion and a monetary award of $25,000 USD on Thursday, June 27th from 5:15-6:15 PM in Plenary Ballroom 6 A/B/C. During the awards ceremony, Dr. Vunjak-Novakovic will also present an overview of her unparalleled research in engineering functional tissues.


Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is University Professor, as the first engineer to receive this highest academic
rank at Columbia University. Her laboratory is engineering functional human tissues and organs for
regenerative medicine (including lung, heart and bone) and patient-specific “organs-on-a-chip” models of
injury and disease (including ischemia, fibrosis and cancer). She is well published and highly cited, has
mentored over 250 trainees, and has founded four biotech companies. She is a member of nine national and international academies including the Academia Europaea, US National Academies of Engineering, Medicine and Inventors, Royal Society of Canada Academy of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


The Jensen Tissue Engineering Award is possible through a gift from Dr. Ole T. Jensen, a world-renowned oral surgeon and innovative businessman. The Jensen Tissue Engineering Award has been established “to recognize an individual (anywhere in the world) for sustained scientific contributions, translational impact towards clinical realization and professional distinction in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.”

Ole T. Jensen is an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon who sub-specialized in bone graft reconstruction for the maxillofacial region. He published 6 books on dental implants and bone grafting including the Sinus Bone Graft, Alveolar Distraction Osteogenesis and The Osteoperiostial Flap.

He was Editor in Chief of the Journal of Craniofacial Tissue Engineering. He is section editor of Tissue Engineering in the Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Implants. He is the 2016 recipient of the Branemark Award of the Academy of Osseointegration. He is founding surgeon of Clearchoice Dental Implant Centers. He is Chairman of the Board of Ditron Dental Implants and Vice-Chairman of Nobio.com. He and his wife, Marty endowed the chair of Craniofacial Tissue Engineering at the University of Utah School of Dentistry. He and Marty have three children, Sverre, Autumn and Trygve, and 15 grandchildren.