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Shu Chien Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Shu Chien

Bioengineering chair Shu Chien has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing research achievements. Chien joins bioengineering emeritus professor Bert Fung among only eight scientists to be elected into all three U.S. national academies—NAS, the National Academy of Engineering , and the Institute of Medicine . “I regard recruiting Shu as my greatest contribution to UCSD,” says Fung, who brought Chien to the campus in 1988.

Chien is an expert on how blood flow and pressure affect vessels. His research has led to the development of better diagnostic tests and treatments for atherosclerosis and other diseases. He became founding chair of the Department of Bioengineering in 1994, and holds appointments in both the Jacobs School and the UCSD School of Medicine.