Dr. Schmid-Schönbein is Chair and Professor of Bioengineering at University of California, San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering. He has produced extensive research on how a process he refers to as “autodigestion” impacts human disease; discoveries from his lab laid the groundwork for the creation of Leading Biosciences more than a decade ago. Dr. Schmid-Schönbein received his Ph.D. in bioengineering from UCSD, followed by a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University before returning to UCSD to continue his research. Among his many distinctions, Dr. Schmid-Schönbein is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Heart Association. He is a founding fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and winner of the Melville Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering.