303 E Superior
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Chicago, IL 60611-3015
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The Kibbe Lab is located in the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center on the Chicago campus of Northwestern University within the Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology (SQI).

Melina R. Kibbe, MD, is Professor of Surgery, the Edward G. Elcock Professor of Surgical Research, and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery at Northwestern University; co-Chief of the Vascular Surgery service at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, and Director of the Vascular Laboratory at JBVAMC. Dr. Kibbe also serves as Deputy Director for the Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology at Northwestern University. She has significant experience with both open and endovascular surgery, including the treatment of carotid stenosis, peripheral vascular disease, and abdominal aortic aneurysms. She is board certified in general and vascular surgery and is RVT and RPVI certified by ARDMS.

Dr. Kibbe’s research interests focus on nitric oxide vascular biology and developing nitric oxide-based therapies for patients with vascular disease. For her research, she has received funds from the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, Department of Veterans Affairs, American Medical Association, and various intramural sources. She holds six patents or provisional patents. Her research was recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2009.


The main focus of the Kibbe Lab is to further our understanding of nitric oxide (NO) vascular biology so that NO-based therapies can be developed to improve patient care.