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S. Thai Thayumanavan Named Head of Biomedical Engineering Department

S. Thai Thayumanavan
S. Thai Thayumanavan

S. Thai Thayumanavan, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, has been named head of the Biomedical Engineering Department (BME) in the College of Engineering. Thayumanavan served as the interim department head for biomedical engineering since January 2021 before being named for the permanent position in January of 2022.

“Throughout his service as interim department head, Thayumanavan has been a fierce advocate for biomedical engineering, brought key campus-wide life-sciences perspectives, and spearheaded stronger engagements with the UMass Chan Medical School,” says Sanjay Raman, dean of the College of Engineering. “As he moves forward in the permanent head role, I am confident that Thayumanavan will help take the department, and the life sciences enterprise at UMass overall, to the next level.”

Thayumanavan received his BSc and MSc from the American College and his PhD from the University of Illinois. He taught at Tulane University before joining UMass in 2003. Thayumanavan was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in 2010, received the Chemical Research Society of India’s (CRSI) Medal of Honor in 2016, and a Mahoney Life Sciences Prize in 2019 for his work on “Shrink-wrapped Proteins as Next Generation Biologics.”

Thayumanavan’s research involves novel polymer-based molecular assemblies into innovative materials to make a lasting impact in biomedical and sustainability applications. He currently serves as director of the Center for Bioactive Delivery within the Institute for Applied Life Sciences and leads the Thayumanavan Research Group.