Ranu Jung holds the Wallace H. Coulter Eminent Scholars Chair in Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University (FIU) where she is Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing and Professor of Biomedical Engineering. She is also ex-officio member of the Council of Chairs of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, representative on the Board of Directors of the FIU Research Foundation Inc., and Chair of the Research Advisory Committee, Division of Research. Previously she held faculty appointments at University of Kentucky and Arizona State University where she was founding co-director of the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems- a multidisciplinary Arizona Board of Regents recognized research center.
Jung’s honors include induction into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the 2011 New Florida Scholar’s Boost Award from the State of Florida, appointment as Commissioner after senate approval to the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission (2009-2012), 2002 Science and Engineering Award, Governor’s Certificate of Recognition, Commonwealth of Kentucky, and Top Scholar 2012 at FIU and membership in the International Women’s Forum. Jung received her B.Tech with Distinction in Electronics & Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India and her MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. She was a N.E. Ohio American Heart Association Research Fellow and a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award recipient. She is a Senior Member of IEEE and the Society of Women Engineers and past-President of the international “Organization for Computational Neurosciences, Inc”. She has served as Chair or member of advisory committees and scientific review panels for the US National Institutes of Health, the US National Science Foundation, international universities and on Editorial Boards of several professional journals. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience published by Springer-Verlag.
Professor Jung’s transdisciplinary research interests are in neural engineering and computational neuroscience. She has a longer than two-decade record of competitive federal funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, DARPA, US ARMY, and non-profit Research Foundations and has been an entrepreneur and a leader in establishing academic-clinical-industrial partnerships. She co-founded Advensys LLC, a small business R&D company. She is actively engaged in the development of neurotechnology that is inspired by biology, is adaptive and could be used to promote adaptation in the nervous system to overcome neurological disability or trauma. Of special interest to her are biohybrid systems that merge biologically inspired technologies with humans for recovery and restoration of lost function. In 2011 she conceived and edited the book, “Biohybrid Systems: Nerves, Interfaces and Machines” and in 2015 she co-edited and published the first edition of a four volume “Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience”.