Dr. Doris Taylor, Director of Regenerative Medicine Research at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas, is the 2016 recipient of AASCU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on stem cell therapy and cardiac repair. She is involved in both laboratory and clinical studies using cell therapy to treat disease.
She is a 1977 graduate of Mississippi University for Women and was nominated by President James Borsig. Her award will be presented at the Annual Meeting on November 1.
Dr. Taylor has earned more than $12.5 million in federal, private, and nonprofit research awards, including the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the American Heart Association; and NIH NHLBI Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Clinical Research Network, among others. She chairs the Tissue Engineering Council, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and is a member of numerous scientific and professional organizations.
An educator with more than 25 years of teaching experience, Dr. Taylor has published extensively, authoring or co authoring more than 80 scientific publications. She has been recognized for breakthrough research related to cell therapy, stem cell biology, and tissue engineering based therapies and holds a number of invention disclosures, patent applications, and patents.
She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology; American Heart Association and the Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology, among others. She is a consulting member to the FDA Research Review Subcommittee, Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Board, Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Taylor has appeared on CNN, 60 Minutes, and BBC Health News, National Public Radio, and other worldwide media outlets.