Message from the Executive Director

Andrés J. García
Andrés J. García, Executive Director, IBB

I am honored to be the executive director of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at such an exhilarating time for our bio-community. As I write this, we have more than 220 interdisciplinary faculty researchers (engineers, scientists, and clinicians) and 1,300 trainees leveraging almost $90 million in research funding for discoveries that will transform health care and improve the global human condition.  

Also, with approximately 20,000 people attending more than 400 events hosted by the Petit Institute in 2018, I am reminded of three words that perfectly describe our geographic strength: location, location, location. This is obviously the place to be. With our state-of-the-art core facilities, generous seed funding to support projects in the critical early stages, our 19 multidisciplinary research centers, and a thriving entrepreneurial spirit, we are well equipped to “Create the Next,” whether it is the next collaborative discovery, the next educational opportunity, or the next startup company.

I want to thank our faculty, trainees, and staff for helping to make my job so thrilling, and I look forward to leading the Petit Institute into an innovative, limitless future.

Andrés J. García, Ph.D., F.B.S.E.

Executive Director, Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience
Petit Director’s Chair in Bioengineering and Bioscience
Regents’ Professor, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Mission

The Petit Institute’s mission is to build a community within Georgia Tech and our partner institutions that catalyzes, cultivates, and deploys interdisciplinary research and education in bioengineering and biosciences for economic and societal benefit.

The Petit Institute serves as the headquarters for the following centers:

  • Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium
  • Center for Bio-Imaging Mass Spectrometry
  • Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT)
  • Center for Chemical Evolution (CCE)
  • Center for Drug Design Development and Delivery (CD4)
  • Center for ImmunoEngineering
  • Center for Innovative Cardiovascular Technologies (CICT)
  • Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG)
  • Center for Nanobiology of the Macromolecular Assembly Disorders (NanoMAD)
  • Center for The Origin of Life (COOL)
  • Center for Pediatric Innovation (CPI)
  • Center for Pharmaceutical Development (CPD)
  • Emergent Behavior of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS)
  • Georgia Center for Medical Robotics
  • Integrated Cancer Research Institute (ICRC)
  • Marcus Center for Therapeutic Cell Characterization and Manufacturing (MC3M)
  • Nanomedicine Center for Nucleoprotein Machines
  • Neural Engineering Center
  • Regenerative Engineering and Medicine Center (REM)

Specific diseases that are being impacted by the research conducted in the Petit Institute include heart disease, diabetes, cancer, infectious diseases, and neural injury, to name a few.

In addition, the Petit Institute not only works with the member institutions of the Georgia Research Alliance (Emory University, Georgia State University, the Medical College of Georgia, Clark-Atlanta University, and the University of Georgia) but also interacts with other institutions, such as Morehouse School of Medicine.

Leadership

Andrés J. GarcíaAndrés J. García

Executive Director, Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience
Regents' Professor
 
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Nicholas HudNicholas Hud

Associate Director, Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience
Regents' Professor
Director, NSF Center for Chemical Evolution
 
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Faculty Steering Committee

  • Andrés J. García, Ph.D., Executive Director, Petit Institute, and Regents' Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Nicholas V. Hud, Associate Director, Petit Institute, and Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • King Jordan, Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences
  • Ravi Kane, Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Harold Kim, Associate Professor, School of Physics
  • Wilbur Lam, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Aaron D. Levine, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy
  • Raquel Lieberman, Associate Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Valeria Milam, Associate Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Manu Platt, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Francesca Storici, Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences
  • Todd Sulchek, Associate Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Joshua Weitz, Professor, School of Biological Sciences