W. David Merryman, PhD


W. David Merryman, PhD is the Walters Family Chair in the School of Engineering and a Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacology, Medicine, and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. He is also Associate Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His research interests are cardiovascular and pulmonary 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.


Walters Family Chair

Professor Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacology, Medicine, and Pediatrics

Associate Chair Biomedical Engineering


PhD Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh

MS Engineering Science, University of Tennessee

BS Engineering Science, University of Tennessee

Visiting Scholar Religious Philosophy, Swansea University, Wales (UK)


Room 9445D Medical Research Building IV (MRB4)

2213 Garland Ave

Nashville, TN 37232-0493

Office: 615-322-7219

Fax: 615-343-6541

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