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The Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience has grown again with the addition of five new faculty researchers, four of them based in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), a joint department of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University.

Joining the multidisciplinary research institute are Jaydev Desai, Scott Hollister, Frank Rosenzsweig, Kalid Salaita, and Annabelle Singer.

Desai joined the Coulter Department this past summer as a professor and BME Distinguished Faculty Fellow. Former director of the Robotics, Automation, and Medical Systems (RAMS) Laboratory at the University of Maryland, Desai’s research interests are focused primarily on image-guided surgical robotics, rehabilitation robotics, cancer diagnosis at the micro scale, and grasping.

Holister comes to the Coulter Department from the University of Michigan, where he directed the Scaffold Tissue Engineering Group, which develops degradable scaffold material systems, which can be used to deliver stem cells, genes and proteins to regenerate tissue defects, leading to clinical applications that include include spine fusion and disc repair, craniomaxillofcial reconstruction, orthopaedic trauma and joint reconstruction, and cardiovascular reconstruction.

Rosenzweig, a professor in the School of Biological Sciences, spent the past 15 years at the University of Montana in Missoula. The underlying goal of his research is to enlarge our understanding of the ecological and evolutionary forces that promote and preserve genetic variation, studying how genetic variation is integrated at the level of cellular physiology to produce differences in fitness.

Salaita, an assistant professor in BME based at Emory since 2009 who was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California-Berkeley, is principal investigator of a wide-ranging research group that develops chemical tools to better understand how chemical and physical signals are transmitted in living systems.

Singer is an assistant professor of BME, where her lab group works on uncovering how complex patterns of activity across populations of neurons are decoded to guide behavior in health and disease, using a combination of novel tools, including robotic patch clamp recordings, large-scale extracellular recordings, cutting edge data analysis methods, new behavioral paradigms, and novel brain stimulation tools.

Now with more than 180 faculty researchers, the Petit Institute is an internationally recognized hub of multidisciplinary research, where engineers and scientists are working on solving some of the world’s most challenging health issues. With 18 research centers and more than $24 million invested in state-of-the-art core facilities, the Petit Institute is translating scientific discoveries into game-changing solutions to solve real-world problems.



Jerry Grillo
Communications Officer II
Parker H. Petit Institute for
Bioengineering and Bioscience


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