Washington University in St. Louis has named Lori Setton the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering. She was recognized for her research on the degeneration and repair of soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system as well as the engineering and evaluating of materials for tissue regeneration and drug delivery to treat musculoskeletal disease. This interdisciplinary work draws from mechanical engineering, materials science, and cell biology and aims to alleviate the pain and dysfunction of arthritis and intervertebral disc disorders, and more.

Setton came to Washington from Duke University in 2015, where she was the William Bevan Professor of Biomedical Engineering, a Bass Fellow and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery. She joined the Duke faculty in 1995.

A graduate from Princeton’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1984, Setton continues her connection to the department by serving on its Advisory Council. Her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering is from Columbia University.