Alumna Yun Wu named chair of biomedical engineering at University at Buffalo

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Yun Wu, 2009 PhD
Yun Wu

The University at Buffalo has named Professor Yun Wu (2009 PhD-chemical engineering, Ohio State University) chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint program of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She will assume the role September 1.

At Ohio State, Wu studied with Professor Barbara Wyslouzil. Her post-doc advisor was L. James Lee.

Wu is currently associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University at Buffalo, succeeding. Titus served as department chair for the past 11 years and will return to his faculty role as professor of biomedical engineering.

Kemper Lewis, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, announced the news of Wu's appointment on July 27. “I am confident that the Department of Biomedical Engineering will continue to thrive and reach new heights under the leadership of Professor Wu,” he said. “With a deep commitment to academic excellence and a passion for nurturing the growth of both students and faculty, Professor Wu brings a wealth of experience and an inspiring vision to the position.

Allison Brashear, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School, says, “With her decade-long tenure at UB and extensive research experience, Dr. Wu has a deep understanding and appreciation for our talented, accomplished team in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, which has thrived under the skillful leadership of Dr. Titus. I am confident she will build upon the program’s history of innovation and success.”

A UB faculty member since 2013, Wu has made significant contributions to the development of innovative nanotherapeutics and in vitro diagnostic assays for cancer treatment and diagnosis. She has received 30 funded awards totaling over $16 million from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, American Lung Association, Cancer Research Institute and SUNY. 

Wu has published 65 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious journals and has received numerous awards, including the UB Exceptional Scholar: Sustained Achievement Award in 2023; the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Senior Researcher of the Year Award in 2021 and Early Career Researcher of the Year Award in 2016; and the Biomedical Engineering Innovation and Career Development Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society in 2013.

An outstanding educator and accomplished academic leader, she was awarded the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Early Career Teacher of the Year Award and previously served as director of graduate studies in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

“I am incredibly grateful for the trust and confidence that has been placed in me to lead this department,” she says. “Biomedical engineering is a field that holds immense potential to transform lives through groundbreaking research, innovative technologies and impactful collaborations. The true power of our department lies in the collective expertise and dedication of our talented faculty, staff and students.

“I firmly believe that we can leverage these strengths to push the boundaries of biomedical engineering and make significant contributions to human health and well-being.”

Category: Alumni