Wilbur Lam has built a multidisciplinary career in a place built on a foundation of multidisciplinary research.
A faculty researcher with the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, Lam is a bioengineer and pediatrician whose vertically-integrated lab spans across two campuses. And now, Lam has real staying power -- he was promoted recently to associate professor with tenure in his base of operations, the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (a joint department of Georgia Tech and Emory).
“He exemplifies the ethos and culture of the department,” notes Ross Ethier, interim chair of the Coulter Department. “His lab takes an approach that goes all the way from the basement to the bench to the bedside.”
The Lam Lab, a team of clinicians, engineers, and biologists, focuses on the application and development of micro/nanotechnologies to study, diagnose, and treat childhood diseases like cancer. The promotion is a reflection of the lab’s wide-ranging targets.
“This honor demonstrates the translational bond that exists between BME and the clinical departments at Emory, in my case, the pediatrics department and how research in BME synergizes with child health,” says Lam.
“I’m extremely honored and fortunate to be at this nexus between two fast growing fields of research,” he adds. “And I’ll continue to develop new technologies to study, diagnose, and treat pediatric disorders, especially blood diseases and cancer, my specific area of clinical expertise.”
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