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Gilda A. Barabino

Gilda's seminal research in sickle cell disease has informed current technologies and formed the basis for novel therapies. She is a passionate advocate for health equity and leads national efforts to engage engineers in the development of solutions to health disparities.

Prior to becoming president of Olin College, Dr. Barabino served as Dean of the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York and held appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, as well as at the City University of New York School of Medicine; while there she established the Master’s in Translational Medicine program, which addresses unmetclinical needs through the integration of engineering, medical innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Barabino has also held academic and administrative appointments at Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and Northeastern University. At Georgia Tech she served as the inaugural vice provost for academic diversity, and at Northeastern, she served as vice provost for undergraduate education. She is an internationally recognized thought leader and highly sought-after speaker and consultant on race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering, with a particular focus on creating cultures and climates that support a sense of belonging.

In recognition of her visionary leadership and outstanding professional achievement, Dr. Barabino has received many of the highest honors in academia. In 2021, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Dr. Barabino leads on a global stage. She is the past-president and chair of the board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest interdisciplinary scientific society.

Recently, she co-chaired a groundbreaking National Academies report on Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEM Organizations. Dr. Barabino received a B.S. from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Ph.D. from Rice University.