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Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Director of John W. Cox Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering

Director of Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering

email: mikos [at] rice.edu


Antonios G. Mikos is the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. He is the Director of the J.W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering at Rice University. He received his Dipl.Eng. (1983) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and his Ph.D. (1988) in chemical engineering from Purdue University. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard Medical School before joining the Rice Faculty in 1992 as an assistant professor.

Mikos’ research focuses on the synthesis, processing, and evaluation of new biomaterials for use as scaffolds for tissue engineering, as carriers for controlled drug delivery, and as non-viral vectors for gene therapy. His work has led to the development of novel orthopaedic, dental, cardiovascular, neurologic, and ophthalmologic biomaterials. He is the author of over 500 publications and 25 patents. He is the editor of 15 books and the author of one textbook (Biomaterials: The Intersection of Biology and Materials Science, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008). He has been cited over 42,000 times and has an h-index of 113.

Mikos is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and a Member of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. He is a Founding Fellow of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a Fellow of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering, a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, a Fellow of the Controlled Release Society, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been recognized by various awards including the Founders Award and the Clemson Award for Contributions to the Literature of the Society For Biomaterials, the Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecturer Award of the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research and the Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Award in Chemical Engineering of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award and the Chemstations Lectureship Award of the American Society for Engineering Education, the Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Engineering of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, the Marshall R. Urist Award for Excellence in Tissue Regeneration Research of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Distinguished Scientist Award - Isaac Schour Memorial Award of the International Association for Dental Research, and the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award of Purdue University.

Mikos has mentored 54 graduate students on their way to completing their doctoral studies, as well as 37 postdoctoral fellows, 22 of whom remain in academia at institutions including Georgia Tech, Hanyang University, Mayo Clinic, Texas A&M University, Tulane University, University of Maryland, University of New Mexico, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas at Austin, Virginia Tech, and Rice University among others.  He is organizer of the continuing education course Advances in Tissue Engineering offered annually at Rice University since 1993.

Mikos is a founding editor and editor-in-chief of the journals Tissue Engineering Part A, Tissue Engineering Part B: Reviews, and Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods and a member of the editorial boards of the journals Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Cell Transplantation, Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research (Part A and B), and Journal of Controlled Release. He is the President of the Society For Biomaterials.