Gilda A. Barabino
Olin College of Engineering
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Engineering and Technology
A gifted researcher, administrator and educator, Dr. Barabino has pioneered new engineering approaches to problems in medicine. Her seminal research in sickle cell biomechanics and adhesion provided the basis for current technologies and novel anti-adhesion therapies. Her research in biomechanics spans four decades of investigation into how cells and tissues respond to their mechanical environment and has important implications for the treatment of disease and regenerative medicine. She is also an internationally recognized thought leader on race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering, with particular focus on creating cultures and climates that support a sense of belonging. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Barabino was appointed as the second President of Olin College in January 2020.