Abraham P. Lee, biomedical engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering professor at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine, has been named the new chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Lee is a pioneer in micro- and nano-fluidics technology — the science and technology of preparing and handling small amounts of fluids on microchips. He is best known for his development of “lab on a chip” devices. Application of the technology include biosensors to detect environmental and terrorism threats; point-of-care and molecular diagnostics; “smart” nanomedicine for early detection and treatment; automated cell sorting technologies; and tissue engineering and cell-based therapeutics. Before joining UCI in 2002, Lee was a senior technology advisor in the Office of Technology and Industrial Relations at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. He assumes his new position July 1.