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Indian American Biomedical Engineer Appointed as Next Dean of Brown University School of Engineering

Prof. & Researcher Tejal Desai

SAN FRANCISCO, CA- Tejal Desai, a professor and researcher at the University of California San Francisco, will begin her tenure at Brown University on Sept. 1, 2022

Tejal Desai, an Indian American biomedical engineer, has been appointed the next dean of Brown University’s School of Engineering, according to a Brown University media release.

An expert in applying micro- and nanoscale technologies to create new ways to deliver medicine to targeted sites in the human body, Desai is a professor and a former longtime chair of the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California San Francisco, and inaugural director of UCSF’s Health Innovations Via Engineering initiative, noted the release.

She has held academic leadership positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Boston University and UCSF, and has served in recent years as a member of Brown’s biomedical engineering advisory board.

Brown president Christina H. Paxson and Provost Richard M. Locke announced Desai’s appointment Jan. 12.

Desai will begin her tenure on Sept. 1, 2022, succeeding Lawrence Larson, plans to return to full-time teaching and research at the conclusion of the 2021-22 academic year.

Desai said she looks forward to leading a program that was formative in her own career as a researcher and educator.

Desai has published nearly 250 academic research papers that have been cited collectively over 22,000 times. Her work has generated 27 U.S. patents issued or pending, added the report.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree at Brown in 1994, Desai earned her Ph.D. jointly from UCSF and UC Berkeley in 1998. That same year, she became the first faculty hire in University of Illinois at Chicago’s newly formed Department of Bioengineering. She joined the Boston University faculty in 2002 before moving to UCSF in 2005.

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