Mehmet Toner, Ph.D., has a joint appointment as professor of surgery and health sciences and technology at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital. He serves as a member of the senior scientific staff at the Shriners Hospital for Children and is co-founder of the Center for Engineering in Medicine. Toner is founder of the NIH BioMicroElectroMechanical Systems Resource Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is also director of the Biomedical Engineering Research and Education Program for physicians.
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Toner received a Bachelor of Science degree from Istanbul Technical University in 1983 and a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985, both in mechanical engineering. He completed his doctorate in medical engineering at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1989. He joined the faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering in 1989, and was promoted to associate professor in 1996 and to professor in 2002.
In 1994, he was recognized with the YC Fung Faculty Award in Bioengineering from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 1995, he received the Whitaker Foundation Special Opportunity Award. In 1997, he won the John F. and Virginia B. Taplin Faculty Fellow Award given by Harvard and MIT. Toner is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He serves on the scientific advisory boards of multiple biotechnology and medical device companies.
Toner is internationally recognized for his multidisciplinary approach to biomedical problems in the areas of low-temperature biology and biostabilization, tissue engineering and artificial organs, and microsystems bioengineering in clinical medicine and biology. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Whitaker Foundation, National Textile Center, and others. He has published more than 200 scientific publications and has delivered more than 350 scientific presentations.