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Interim Chair of the Bioengineering Department Named

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dr. Liping Tang

Liping Tang, a professor of bioengineering, has been named interim chair of the Bioengineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington. He replaces Khosrow Behbehani, who became dean of the University’s College of Engineering in May.

“I’m pleased and honored to be named interim head of such a dynamic and growing department, and look forward to continuing to work with the talented and innovative faculty, staff and students to bring new solutions to global health challenges through education and research,” Tang said.

“I am confident that Dr. Tang will provide excellent leadership for the Bioengineering Department during his time as interim chair,” said Behbehani. “The department is one of our most dynamic, and he is very well prepared to ensure its continued success.”

Tang’s research interest is to understand the mechanism of foreign body reactions. Using various in vivo imaging techniques, his group is working on the development of various imaging probes to monitor different processes and stages of foreign body reactions. His expertise covers a broad area of biocompatibility, biomaterials, inflammation, infection, stem cells and wound healing. He has published many of his findings in high impact journals, including Biomaterials, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Proceedings of National Academy of Science USA, Blood, Journal of Experimental Medicine, and Tissue Engineering. Many of his papers have received high reference citations, and 10 papers have been cited more than 100 times.

Tang’s research is currently supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Heart Association (AHA), Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), and several medical device companies. He received the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Biomaterials in 2001, the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association in 2003, the UTA College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award in 2010, the UTA Outstanding Research Achievement Award in 2012, and the UTA Outstanding Academic Advisor-Graduate Faculty Advisor award in 2013. He was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering. He also serves as a member on several NIH and AHA study sections.

Tang earned his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. After completion of post-doctoral training at Albany Medical College, he became an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.