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Norberto Grzywacz Named Next BME Chair

His appointment begins July 1, 2010 with an expected term of three years
Eric Mankin
April 22, 2010 —

Dean Yannis C. Yortsos has named a successor to Michael Khoo as chair of the Viterbi School Department of Biomedical Engineering.

"It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Norberto Grzywacz," read the Dean's memorandum to faculty and staff. "Norberto is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering with a joint appointment in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering," the memo continued.  "He also serves as director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program. 

Norberto Grzywacz: incoming BME chair also has appointment in Ming Hsieh Department

"He joined USC in 2001, coming from the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, where he was Senior Scientist.  Before that, he worked at MIT, first at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and then at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.  Norberto received his Ph.D. in neural biophysics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

"His research focuses on the application of engineering principles and techniques to both the study of the brain’s visual system and the development of devices for visual disorders.

"Professor Grzywacz succeeds Professor Michael Khoo, who served as Chair of Biomedical Engineering for 8 years," the memo concludes. "I am truly indebted to Michael for his leadership, his willingness to serve, and for his commitment."

The appointment will have a starting date of July 1, 2010 with an expected term of three years.