UCI Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Abraham Lee named 2018 National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Congratulations to Abraham Lee, William J. Link Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, on being named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for 2018. His research focuses on developing microfluidic platforms for point-of-care and molecular diagnostics, sample preparation and liquid biopsies, single-cell processing and analysis, and vascularized organ-on-a-chip devices.

Dr. Lee is the co-founder of Kino Biosciences, which builds three-dimensional vascularized micro-organs and micro-tumors to improve the accuracy of drug discovery and validation. Over his career, technologies invented by him and his team have resulted in numerous licensed patents and have contributed to several startups, including Micrus Endovascular Corporation (acquired by Johnson & Johnson) and SFC Fluidics. He will be inducted at the Space Center Houston in April at the Eighth Annual Meeting of the NAI.

Being named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Lee is the sixth UCI NAI fellow and 38 of his inventions have received U.S. patents. To date, UCI has a total of 785 issued patents.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Lee on this extraordinary honor.


Enrique J. Lavernia, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Distinguished Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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