Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University have named engineer and scientist Ravi Bellamkonda to chair their joint department of biomedical engineering starting in July, concluding a national search that began last year. 

Dr. Bellamkonda is a Georgia Tech associate vice president for research and is the president-elect of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has published more than 175 books and articles, and his research focuses on neural tissue engineering, drug delivery for brain tumors and other areas. 

The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering was established in 1997 and now has 40 faculty and 1,300 students focused on biomedical imaging, tissue engineering, cancer technologies, neuroscience, computer-assisted surgery and more. 

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