Two School of Medicine Faculty Named to National Academy of Inventors

Charles Gersbach, PhD, associate professor of surgery, orthopaedic surgery, and cell biology, and Warren Grill, PhD, professor in neurobiology and neurosurgery have been elected Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) class of 2022. They are among 169 new fellows this year and join 20 other Duke faculty who have been recognized by the 12-year-old organization since 2014. Duke chemist Matthew Becker, PhD, was also elected. 

Gersbach’s research focuses on developing innovative methods in molecular and genetic engineering for applications in regenerative medicine, treating genetic disease, and better understanding fundamental biological processes.   

Grill uses engineering approaches to understand and control neural function. His lab focuses on devices that use electrical activation of the nervous system to restore function to individuals with neurological impairment. 

The NAI is a professional organization that was founded in 2010 to recognize and promote the contributions of inventors to society. The NAI is made up of over 4,000 members, including leading academic inventors from around the world, who have been recognized for their contributions to technology, innovation and creativity.