Geert W. Schmid-Schönbein

Geert W. Schmid-Schönbein, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering

Department of Bioengineering

University of California, San Diego

Tel: (858) 534-3852

Fax: (858) 534-5722


Vor-Diplom, 1971, Department of Physics, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany,

Ph.D., 1976, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego, USA.


American Academy of Mechanics

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Founding Member

American Heart Association, Basic Science Council, Circulation Council

American Microcirculatory Society

American Physiological Society, Cardiovascular Section

American Society of Mechanical Engineering

American Venous Forum, Honorary Member

Biomedical Engineering Society

European Microcirculatory Societies

International Society for Biorheology

International Society for Clinical Hemorheology

North American Society for Biorheology

North American Vascular Biology Organization

Shock Society

United States National Committee on Biomechanics

World Council on Biomechanics


President, Biomedical Engineering Society, 1991-1992.

President, North American Society for Biorheology, 1998 -1999

President, Microcirculatory Society, 2003-2004

Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Molecular Mechanisms In Lymphatic Function & Disease, 2008

Chair, Symposium on Genomic Biomechanics: Frontier of the 21st Century, 2008

Chair, US National Committee on Biomechanics, 2011 - 2013

Chair, World Council on Biomechanics, 2010 - 2014


Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society

Malphigi Gold Medal, European Societies for Microcirculation, 1980 - (with F. A. DeLano, P. Chen, B.W. Zweifach)

Abbott Award, European Societies for Microcirculation, 1984

Melville Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, 1990 - (with C. Dong, S. Chien, R. Skalak, P. Sung)

Founding Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 1991

Honorary Member, American Venous Forum, 1992

Honorary Professor, Chinese Academy of Science, Peiking Union Medical College, 1997

Teacher of the Year, Department of Bioengineering, UC San Diego, 1997-2000, 2005-2008

Ratchow-Gold Medal, Curatorium Angiologiae Internationalis, European Societies for Phlebology, 1999

Fellow of the American Heart Association, 2001

Kurt Wiederhielm Award (with Allen Swei), The Microcirculatory Society, 2004

Member, National Academy of Engineering, 2005

Distinguished Service Award, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2005

Fellow, Inaugural Class, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2005

Fellow, International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2005

Honorary Professor, Southern Medical University, Goungzhou, P R China, 2007

Honorary Professor, Bioengineering School, Chongqing University, Chongqing, P R China, 2007

Eugene M. Landis Award, The Microcirculatory Society, 2008

Fellow, Cardiovascular Section of American Physiological Society, 2009

Outstanding Educator Award in the National Engineering Week 2009, San Diego County Engineering Council

Excellence in Teaching Award, Tau Beta Pi, 2013

Poiseuille Gold Medal Award, International Society for Biorheology, 2015

Nishimaru-Tsuchiya International Award, Japanese Society for Microcirculation, 2018

Research Interests

Autodigestion as mechanisms for disease, aging, multi-organ failure and death


Bioengineering, biomechanics, cell mechanics, molecular mechanics

Transport phenomena, microcirculation

Bioengineering analysis of inflammation and autodigestion

Research Support

National Institute of Health

National Science Foundation

American Heart Association

Department of Defense

Von Liebig Center, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

Industry and Private Support