BME announces promotion of three faculty members
The College of Engineering and Department of Biomedical Engineering, has announced the names of faculty who have been awarded promotion to the rank of full Professors in 2017.
Xiaoming (Shawn) He, PhD, formerly an associate professor of biomedical engineering, has been promoted to full professor. In addition, he currently serves as Vice Chair/Chair Elect of the ASME Biotransport Committee and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Devices. He joined the department in 2011. His research focuses on developing micro and nanoscale biomaterials and devices to engineer various stem cells for tissue regeneration, cancer therapy and detection, and assisted reproduction.
Thomas Hund, PhD, formerly an associate professor of biomedical engineering and Internal medicine, has been promoted to full professor. Hund was also recently appointed to serve as the Associate Director of the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute. He joined the department in 2011. His lab focuses on how the heart controls its rhythm and the consequent output of blood to the rest of the body. In particular, they seek to understand the chain of events at the scale of an individual heart cell that ultimately leads to compromised heart function in cardiovascular disease (for example, heart attack, heart failure, diabetes). He hopes that these studies, which combine engineering, math, cell & molecular biology and physiology, will identify new therapies for patients suffering from cardiovascular disease.
Jun Liu, PhD, f ormerly an associate professor of biomedical engineering, has been promoted to full professor. She has been in the department for 20 years, beginning as a graduate student, to a research scientist and joined the department in 2005 as assistant professor. She also currently serves as the BME Deputy Director of Graduate Studies and the advisor to the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Association (BMEGSA). Her research focuses on studying how biomechanics impacts the health and disease of the eye. They have developed ultrasound-based techniques to measure the biomechanical responses of ocular tissue, including the cornea, the sclera, and the optic nerve head. They are translating this technique from the bench top to the clinics to help identify early and powerful biomarkers for ocular diseases.
Please join us in congratulating Drs. He, Hund and Liu on these most fitting recognitions of their professional accomplishments.