W. David Merryman, PhD

Dr. Merryman

W. David Merryman, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacology, Medicine, and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. His research interests are cardiovascular mechanobiology, cell and soft tissue biomechanics, tissue engineering, and bioengineering ethics. Prior to his arrival at Vanderbilt, Dave was an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and prior to that, a Research Associate of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was an American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellow. Dave has been awarded the Early Career Award from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, the Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association, the NSF CAREER Award, the K Award from the National Institutes of Health (NHLBI), and the Y.C. Fung Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.



Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacology, Medicine, and Pediatrics

Director of Graduate Recruiting, Department of Biomedical Engineering


PhD - Bioengineering

University of Pittsburgh, 2007

MS - Engineering Science

University of Tennessee, 2002

BS - Engineering Science

University of Tennessee, 2001

Visiting Scholar - Religious Philosophy, University of Wales, Swansea (UK), 1999-2000

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