Mehmet Toner, Ph.D. is a Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and is a member of the Senior Scientific Staff at the Shriners Hospital for Children. Dr. Toner is also a Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Dr. Toner serves as the Co-Director of the Center for Engineering in Medicine at Harvard Teaching Hospitals and Director of the BioMicroElectroMechanical Systems (BioMEMS) Resource Center at the MGH. He is also the Director of the Biomedical Engineering Research and Education Program for physicians at Harvard Teaching Hospitals.
Dr. Toner served as a Visiting Professor at Rutgers University and is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Colorado. Dr. Toner is a member of many national and international professional committees, and serves on the editorial board of many scientific journals. Dr. Toner has served on several national and international panels and review boards, including National Institutes of Health (NIH) Study Sections, National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award panels, NSF Nanoscience panel, NIH Nanotechnology and Tissue Engineering panel, NIH Reparative Medicine Bioengineering Consortium, and several DARPA strategic planning panels. In 1994, he was recognized by the YC Fung Faculty Award in Bioengineering from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In 1995, he received the Whitaker Foundation Special Opportunity Award. In 1997, he won the John F and Virginia B. Taplin Faculty Fellow Award given by Harvard and MIT. In 1998, Dr. Toner was selected to become a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Toner serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of multiple biotechnology and medical device companies, and has been involved in several startup companies. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ozyegin University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Dr. Toner earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Istanbul Technical University and a M.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both in Mechanical Engineering. Subsequently he completed his Ph.D. degree in Medical Engineering at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1989. Dr. Toner’s research interests include biostabilization, tissue engineering, and microsystems bioengineering. Dr. Toner has received funding from NIH, NSF, DARPA, Whitaker Foundation, National Textile Center, and many industrial outfits. He has published over 160 scientific publications and has delivered over 250 invited and scientific meeting presentations.