Sheila Grant, PhD, is Associate Vice Chancellor of Research & Strategic Initiatives, MU, Associate Dean of Research, College of Engineering, and Professor of Bioengineering. Dr. Grant’s research focuses on optical biosensors and biomaterials and has been funded by the NSF, NIH, USDA, DOD-Army, and numerous industries (Medtronic, Covidien, J&J, MTF, W.L. Gore). Dr. Grant holds eight U.S. patents, has published over 100 research articles in scientific journals, and is the founder of three start-up companies. Dr. Grant is the sub-contract PI on a current NSF SBIR and served as a NIH SBIR/STTR Panel Chairperson (IMST, Section 13 and BST-10 IRG) for two years. She is a member of the MU Coulter Executive Committee. Dr. Grant is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).