Dr. Pinar Zorlutuna Receives Prestigious National Science Foundation Award


Congratulations to Dr. Pinar Zorlutuna who was one of ten University of Notre Dame faculty members recognized by The National Science Foundation (NSF) for their excellence in research with Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards. Over the past five years, Notre Dame has received 35 of these awards, with this year being one of the most successful on record.

Speaking about the awards, Vice President for Research Robert J. Bernhard said, “We are very proud of our faculty members’ successes in the NSF CAREER award competition, which recognizes the very best early career educators and researchers nationally. Their success is reflective of their outstanding creativity and hard work. It is also a credit to the colleges and departments for their ability to recruit and mentor these talented faculty. This all bodes very well for the future of science, engineering, social sciences and other fields here at Notre Dame.”

Pinar Zorlutuna, Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, received her CAREER Award for a project titled, “Tissue-engineering an Aging Heart: The Effect of Aged Cell Microenvironment in Myocardial Infarction.” The main objective of her research is to better understand the cardiovascular disease progression in older tissue in order to find ways to decrease age-related cardiovascular conditions. Zorlutuna became a member of the faculty in 2014.

The CAREER program, which was established by the NSF in 1995, recognizes and supports outstanding early career faculty who exhibit a commitment to stimulating research while also providing educational opportunities for students. It is the NSF’s most prestigious award available to early career faculty. To learn about the University’s previous CAREER Awardees, visit https://research.nd.edu/our-services/funding-opportunities/faculty/early-career-programs/nsf—-career-award/.


Adapted from an original publication by Brandi Klingerman at news.nd.edu on May 17, 2017.