Our faculty

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Wayne State’s 1,800 professors and instructors are dedicated to sharing their insights and expertise in lecture halls, classrooms and labs. Wayne State’s faculty reflects the wide variety of races and cultures represented in the student body. The university’s commitment to diversity is key to its excellence.

Professors who do

Wayne State’s faculty members go beyond teaching; they earn awards, garner international attention, break down barriers and change the way we view the world.

Learn more about our extraordinary professors.

Making a difference

WSU faculty members engage in groundbreaking research and innovative community projects:

  • Dr. Sandra Narayanan, assistant professor of neurology, performed the first Pipeline Embolization Device (PED) placement surgery for treatment of an intracranial aneurysm in November 2012 at Harper University Hospital. Narayanan was assisted by Dr. Samuel Tsappidi, assistant professor of neurology, and Dr. Neelesh Nundkumar, chief neurosurgery resident. PED placement is an FDA approved flow diversion treatment for large, wide-necked, fusiform and recurrent intracranial aneurysms.
  • College of Engineering researchers have developed a new material consisting of bainitic steels and austempered ductile iron, featuring high yield strength, fracture toughness and ductility. The material resists fatigue that can cause fractures in materials — often with catastrophic consequences. This third-generation, advanced high-strength steel has twice the yield strength over the steels being used by industry today, a very high tensile strength and almost three times more fracture toughness than advanced steels currently on the market.
  • Professors Dr. Cathy Lysack and Mark Luborsky are co-principal investigators on a three-year grant from the Department of Defense that explores how soldiers with serious spinal cord injuries re-engage with their communities and rebuild meaningful lives.
  • Smiti Gupta, assistant professor of nutrition and food science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has found that an extract from algae could hold a key to regulating cardiovascular disease.