Marian McCord


Dr. Marian McCord received a Bachelor's degree Biomedical Engineering at Brown University and a Master of Science in Bioengineering and Ph.D. in Textiles and Polymer Science at Clemson University.

Dr. McCord is an Associate Professor with appointments in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science at North Carolina State and the Joint UNC/NCSU Department of Biomedical Engineering. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. McCord is the Director of Global Health Initiatives at NC State.

Dr. McCord has 16 years experience in development and characterization of protective and medical textiles, and has been active in consulting for the medical device industry. Recently, she spent one year working in research and development of hemostatic wound dressings with a small business in RTP (Entegrion, Inc.), and completed her first book (Gad and McCord, Safety Evaluation in the Development of Medical Devices and Combination Products, Informa, 2008).

Dr. McCord sees her research field as "textiles as interventions" - i.e., textiles that prevent or treat disease, or improve human health and well-being. Some of her global health related projects include non-chemical insecticidal bednets and low cost hemostatic bandages.

She is a scientific advisor to Sustainable Health Enterprises, a social venture dedicated to meeting the needs for safe and affordable sanitary products for women in the developing world. Dr. McCord has been the co-Director of the Atmospheric Plasma Laboratory in the College of Textiles for 10 years, and is a co-founder of Katharos, Inc., a company that with license technology developed to provide phosphate filtration solutions for end-stage renal disease patients.

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