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Assistant Professor Joins Accomplished Biomedical Engineering Faculty

Courtney Dumont has joined the University of Miami College of Engineering (UMCoE) as an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) with a joint appointment at the Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Miami (BioNIUM).

Since coming to the UMCoE on Aug. 15, Dumont has made the College her home completely embracing her mentorship role, thriving off of the energy of her students and colleagues, and looking for ways in which to prepare the College and, more importantly, her students for the future.

“I greatly look forward to working alongside my fellow biomedical engineering faculty. The department, college and university are all deeply committed to world-class interdisciplinary research, as well as outstanding undergraduate and graduate education,” Dumont says.

Dumont’s research interests are in the field of therapies for nervous system repair, including biomaterial development, drug delivery, immune modulation, vascular engineering, stem cells therapy and gene delivery. Her research has led to eight peer-reviewed publications in various journals.

“The multidisciplinary environment brought about through the integration of engineering, biology and medicine at the University of Miami and my expertise in stem cell therapies for nervous system repair will lead to the development of innovative approaches in regenerative medicine,” she explains.

During her career, Dumont has mentored undergraduate and PhD students in a laboratory setting – many of which pursued advanced degrees in engineering or medicine. She also has been an active instructor in both undergraduate laboratory classes, as well as lecture-based courses.

“We are honored to welcome someone with Courtney’s caliber of research to the University,” says Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the College of Engineering. “We look forward to growing and further developing her extensive research in neural regeneration as well as her involvement with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the UM Miller School of Medicine, where they draw upon her engineering expertise.”

Prior to joining the UMCoE, Dumont’s served as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD in biomedical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in New York. While at RPI, Dumont worked as postdoctoral researcher in both biomedical and neural engineering. She also is a member in the Society for Biomaterials, Society for Neuroscience, International Society for Stem Cell Research, Biomedical Engineering Society and the Tau Beta Pi Honors Engineering Society.

“I am looking forward to establishing my research group, leveraging the strength of UMCoE to solve some of the greatest challenges facing biomedical and mechanical engineers today, in order to make a global impact on society.”

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