David A. Puleo, professor of biomedical engineering and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, has been elected one of 58 new Fellows of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE) by the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE). The induction occurred at the quadrennial 10th World Biomaterials Congress on May 18 in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
The IUSBSE is a body that brings together national and multi-national groups dedicated to the advancement of biomaterials, surgical implants, prosthetics, artificial organs, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. It currently includes members from Canada, the United States, the European Union, China, Japan, Korea, India, and Australia.
Election to FBSE recognizes those members of the constituent biomaterials societies who have gained a status of excellent professional standing and high achievements in the field of biomaterials science and engineering. Puleo was recognized for “development of understanding in cell-material interactions and the design of novel biomaterials for orthopaedic and dental applications.”
Puleo became associate dean for research and graduate studies on July 1, 2015. Previously, he had been department chair of the F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D. Department of Biomedical Engineering since 2003. He has taught at UK since 1991.