Dr. Mehmet Toner is the Helen Andrus Benedict Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School (HMS), and is the co-founding director of the NIH BioMicroElectroMechanical Systems (BioMEMS) Resource Center at the MGH. He received his BS degree from Istanbul Technical University and MS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both in Mechanical Engineering. Subsequently he completed his PhD degree in Medical Engineering at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1989. He joined the faculty at the MGH and HMS as an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering in 1989, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996, and to Professor in 2002. Dr. Toner holds a joint appointment as a Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at the Harvard-MIT Division of HST.
Dr. Toner is internationally recognized for his work at the interface of bioengineering and life sciences especially in the detection of rare circulating tumor cells.
Dr. Toner has published over 350 original papers including in Nature, Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Science Translational Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, and PNAS. He has also delivered over 400 invited, keynote and plenary presentations.
In 1998, Dr Toner was selected to become a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. In 2007, he became a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 2012, he was selected to become a Fellow of the Society for Cryobiology. In 2013, he received the H.R. Lissner Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. He served on the Board of Advisors of the National Science Foundation from 2010-2013.
Dr. Toner serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of multiple biotechnology and medical device companies, and has been involved as a scientific founder of multiple startup companies.
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