Africa in Conversation: Duke-Makerere BME Partnership: Providing meaningful opportunity while challenging our scholastic plasticity

February 21, 2017 -
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
William Reichert

Learn more about the Duke – Makerere University (MUK) Biomedical Engineering Partnership from William Reichert (Biomedical Engineering), who established the program after spending the 2014 – 2015 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. The Duke – MUK partnership is based on mutual collaboration through simultaneous classes taken by students on both campuses.

Dr. Reichert received a Bachelor of Arts in biology and chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1975. He worked for a couple of years as respiratory therapy technician before returning to school to receive a MS and PhD in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1980 and 1982, respectively. He was an NIH National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow, a Whitaker Foundation Fellow, and an NIH New Investigator Fellow at the University of Utah in the Department of Bioengineering. He joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University in 1989, and is currently the Theo C. Pilkington Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. He has authored over 200 publications on biomedical materials and biomedical sensors that have been cited collectively over 8000 times.

Dr. Reichert is a fellow of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the American Council on Education. He received the Award for Basic Research from the Society for Biomaterials, the Diversity Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Institutional Catalyst Award from the Quality Education for Minorities Network, the Dean’s Mentorship Award from the Duke University Graduate School, the Pioneer Award from the Samuel DuBois Cook Society, and a Fulbright Award to study and teach at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.  

Following 32 years of continuous NIH funding from six different institutes, Dr. Reichert is retiring from full time research and teaching at the end of June 2017 to start a grass-fed beef operation in Harnett County, but will continue working part-time at Duke in order to continue his work in Uganda.

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  • Africa Initiative

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  • Speaker Series