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Dayton named chair of Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering

Paul Dayton

Paul Dayton, William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor, was appointed chair of the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) this spring. He has served as interim chair of the department since 2019.

Dayton also holds appointments within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

His research interests include the areas of biomedical ultrasound imaging, ultrasound mediated targeted therapies and industrial ultrasound applications, and his work has been primarily supported by the National Institutes of Health and other federal funding agencies and industrial organizations. He is also the co-founder of three startup companies, two of which are now based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park.

An outstanding scholar and researcher, Dayton was named a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors in 2021 and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2022.

Dayton received his B.S. in physics and comprehensive science (pre-med) from Villanova University, his M.E. in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia (UVA), and his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, also from UVA. He pursued post-doctoral research and was later on the research faculty at the University of California, Davis. He joined the BME department in 2007 as an untenured associate professor and was appointed as associate department chair in 2012.