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Jiang, Stachowiak, and Yeh Promoted to Associate Professors

Three faculty members in the Department of Biomedical Engineering have been promoted to associate professors. Drs. Jenny Jiang, Jeanne Stachowiak, and Tim Yeh have significantly impacting the department’s research activities and teaching efforts.

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Jenny Jiang joined the university in 2011. She focuses on systems immunology and is interested in better understanding how the immune system develops and ages, why the immune system tolerates tumors, and the molecular signatures of autoimmune diseases.

Jiang and her lab have developed an innovative immune repertoire sequencing technique that shows promise in improving vaccine efficacy and cancer treatment and helping researchers better understand how the immune system behaves in children.

Jiang has received an National Science Foundation (NSF) Early CAREER Award to improve vaccine design and disease interventions. She is also a recipient of funding from the National Cancer Institute, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, and a recruitment grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), among other sources.

She received her B.S. in bioengineering from Shanghai University and Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Jeanne Stachowiak, who holds the Banks McLaurin Fellow in Engineering, joined the university in 2011. Her research focuses on understanding the biophysical mechanisms that underlie the function of cells’ lipid membranes and developing bio-inspired materials and systems that borrow these mechanisms to create assays, drug delivery systems, and environmentally responsive materials.

Stachowiak has received an NSF Early CAREER award and funding from the National Institutes of Health and other organizations to gain insights on how disease progresses at the cellular level. Her research has led to a deeper understanding of how a cell’s membrane architecture can be used to develop more effective drug delivery systems.

Stachowiak received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Tim Yeh joined the university in 2012. Yeh creates new nanomaterials that have potential for use as future molecular probes with unprecedented sensing capabilities. He develops imaging tools for fundamental biology research at the single-molecule, single-cell level to improve disease diagnosis and treatment and detect cancer biomarkers.

His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Texas 4000, and Welch Foundation and focuses on building next generation super-resolution instruments capable of helping researchers better understand cancer.

He has received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Student Engineering Council. He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and American Chemical Society, among others.

He received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from National Taiwan University, M.S. in mechanical engineering from UCLA, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.