125 Mason Farm Road
2119 Marsico Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 843-5247


The Kibbe Lab is located on the second floor of Thomas F. Marsico Hall on the School of Medicine campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) within the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery (CNDD).

Melina R. Kibbe, MD, is the Colin G. Thomas, Jr. Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at UNC-CH, and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. 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 is also the Editor in Chief of JAMA Surgery.

Dr. Kibbe’s research interests focus on vascular biology and developing novel therapies for patients with vascular disease. For her research, she has received funds from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Medical Association, and various intramural sources. She holds 11 patents or provisional patents. Her research was recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2009. In 2017, Dr. Kibbe was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.


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.