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Baker and Dunn Promoted

Two faculty members within the Department of Biomedical Engineering have been promoted. Dr. Aaron Baker has been promoted to associate professor and Dr. Andrew Dunn has been promoted to full professor. Both have made a significant impact on the department's culture of innovation, teaching, and research.

Aaron Baker

Aaron Baker who holds the Fellow of the Marion E. Forsman Centennial Professorship in Engineering, joined The University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and has served on a number of committees within the Department of Biomedical Engineering, including the undergraduate curriculum committee and the graduate admissions committee.

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He specializes in cardiovascular biology, specifically devices and interventional technologies to prevent atherosclerosis and restenosis. His research focuses on vascular mechanotransduction, or the study of cell and tissue responses to mechanical forces, and advancing vascular drug delivery and testing of drugs to be used for vessel regrowth and heart revascularization.

Baker is the recipient of the National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award and a Frontiers of Bioengineering Workshop Young Investigator Award. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, Texas 4000, Welch Foundation, and American Heart Association.

He received his Ph.D. in medical engineering and medical physics from MIT-Harvard Medical School, an S.M. degree in biological engineering from MIT, and an M.S.E. and B.S.E. in bioengineering from the University of Washington.

Andrew Dunn

Andrew Dunn joined the university in 2005 and holds the Donald J. Douglass Centennial Professorship in Engineering and the Cockrell Family Chair for Departmental Leadership #1. He is the interim chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the director of the Center for Emerging Imaging Technologies, and has previously served as the department's graduate advisor.

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His research is focused on developing novel optical imaging techniques for imaging brain function and on integrating innovative photonics and computational techniques and applying them to research questions in areas such as stroke, migraine, functional mapping during neurosurgery, and Alzheimer's disease.

Dunn is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a recipient of the 2013 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, the highest honor given to professors by The University of Texas System. He has also received early career awards from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Coulter Foundation, and Whitaker Foundation.

Dunn received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, his M.S. in electrical engineering from Northeastern University, and his B.S. in physics from Bates College.