BME Asst. Prof. Xue Han Named as Peter Paul Professor


By Mark Dwortzan

Assistant Professor Xue Han (BME)
Assistant Professor Xue Han (BME)

Assistant Professor Xue Han (BME) was named one of three recipients of the 2011-2012 Peter Paul Professorship, an award presented annually to promising young Boston University faculty members who have been at the University at most two years and hold no prior professorships. Made possible by the generous support of BU Trustee Peter Paul, the award highlights the caliber, potential, and continued vitality of BU’s diverse faculty and includes a three-year, non-renewable stipend designed to support scholarly or creative work, as well as a portion of each recipient’s salary.

“Each year, Boston University has the pleasure of recognizing a handful of talented young educators emerging as future leaders within their respective fields through the award of Peter Paul Professorships,” said University Provost/Chief Academic Officer Jean Morrison in a statement announcing the awards on August 31. “This year’s Peter Paul Professorship recipients have been cited for their expertise in their areas of study, their passion for the creation and transmission of knowledge, and their efforts to enhance the student experience.”

Nominations are submitted by deans and department heads, and awardees are selected by the Office of the Provost.

“I am very excited to receive this award,” said Han, who was also one of 118 early-career researchers to be recognized nationally with a 2011 Sloan Research fellowship. “The generous support from Mr. Paul will help advance our work in neuro-engineering.”

Han’s research focuses on developing radical new genetic, molecular and optical neuro-technologies to understand and treat brain disorders. Toward that end, the group has pioneered several technologies for optically controlling specific brain cells using pulses of light.

“Dr. Han’s work in developing novel optical neuro-modulation technologies represents an exciting new frontier in neuroscience,” said Professor and BME Chair Sol Eisenberg.

“She is a rising star, and we fully expect her to become a leader in teaching and research in this emerging area.”

The two other Peter Paul Professorship recipients are Colin Fisher, assistant professor of Organizational Behavior in the School of Management, and Johannes Schmieder, assistant professor of Economics in the College of Arts & Sciences.