Baylor College of Medicine News

New Department of Neuroscience chair named at BCM

Dr. Dora E. Angelaki has been named the new chair of the department of neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine.

Angelaki is an award winning researcher who comes to BCM from Washington University where she was an alumni endowed professor in the department of anatomy and neurobiology with a joint appointment in biomedical engineering. She will continue her research in multisensory integration necessary for self-motion perception, spatial orientation and the control of movement.

"Dr. Angelaki has tremendous energy and a clear vision about how to move the department of neuroscience forward," said Dr. Paul Klotman, president and CEO of BCM. "The department has outstanding senior faculty and excellent junior faculty members, so Dr. Angelaki will be able to build the department from a base of extremely talented researchers. I think she will be a tremendous asset to the neuroscience community in Houston."

Angelaki will begin transitioning her lab to BCM over the coming year. "I am excited and honored to join an outstanding team of scientists, students and support staff dedicated to solving the mysteries of the brain’s function," Angelaki said. "As the new chair of the department I plan to develop and provide the best environment possible for neuroscientists to thrive and succeed through discovery, application, scholarship and education."

Angelaki received her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University in Athens. She went on to earn both her master’s degree and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota. Her postdoctoral fellowships in otolaryngology and then neurology were completed at the University of Texas Medical Branch and then at the University of Zurich.

Angelaki will have a joint appointment with Rice University and will work with neuroscience faculty there to develop new education and research programs.

BCM has also recruited Dr. David Dickman, Angelaki's spouse, who is a highly accomplished neuroscientist. He will also have a joint appointment at Rice University.