BME Professor Ke Cheng has recently been named the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Distinguished Professor in Regenerative Medicine. The endowed professorship is the result of a $1 million donation from the R.B. Terry Charitable Foundation, along with $500,000 from the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine’s Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund.
Cheng’s BioTherapeutics Lab has led studies pinpointing innovative ways to deliver stem cells to stimulate heart and lung tissue growth, developed synthetic cardiac stem cells and created nanogel capsules to help make sure those stem cells stay put. “Dr. Cheng is an extraordinarily successful researcher, a generous mentor and collaborator and a leader whose rising tide lifts all boats,” wrote Barbara Sherry, the head of the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine’ (CVM), in a letter nominating Cheng for the professorship.
The R.B. Terry Charitable Foundation is the most generous benefactor of the CVM, offering longtime substantial support for professorships and student scholarships. The Terry Center, the state-of-the-art veterinary hospital on the CVM campus, is the result of a $20 million bequest from the foundation’s namesake, philanthropist Randall B. Terry. To read the full news, you can visit the NCSU website here.