Department of Biomedical Engineering mourns the loss of Professor Christopher R. Jacobs

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Christopher Jacobs after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Chris joined the department of biomedical engineering at Columbia University in 2008 after already establishing himself as a leader in the field of biomechanics as a professor both at Stanford University and Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Jacobs was recognized for his seminal research in bone cellular mechanotransduction and computational biomechanics, specifically, for his demonstration of the importance of load-induced interstitial fluid flow and how the primary cilia are involved in the signal transduction mechanisms in bone and stem cells. While at Columbia, he was a powerful presence on our faculty, leading the Cell and Molecular Biomechanics Lab which received additional NIH funding to continue the lab’s important work studying primary cilia to develop new classes of drugs for bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

In addition to his leading expertise as a researcher, he was a wonderful teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. He is survived by his wife and daughter. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time.

A memorial service will be held for Chris later this summer. More details will be forthcoming. Notes of condolence may be sent to his wife via the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University (351 Engineering Terrace MC 8904, 1210 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York 10027). Donations to support Chris’s family are accepted via GoFundMe.

X. Edward Guo, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering


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