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Lena Ting, professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory, has been appointed the John and Jan Portman Professor in Biomedical Engineering.

The co-director of Georgia Tech’s Neural Engineering Centers, Ting was recognized, “for the many ways she elevates the Coulter Department’s impact nationally and internationally, creating new knowledge that improves health and disease outcomes,” according to Susan Margulies, who chairs the Coulter Department.

Ting, a researcher in the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, is a pioneer in the nascent area of neuromechanics, is piecing together a new understanding of how movement intention translates to action through the complex interplay between the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system.

Discoveries from the Ting lab are being leveraged by researchers around the world to understand both normal and impaired movement control in humans, and to develop better robotic devices.