BME’s Collins Named on List of Top 50 Science and Technology Leaders


Prof. James Collins
Prof. James Collins

Biomedical Engineering Prof. James Collins has been named to Scientific American magazine’s list of the top 50 science and technology leaders of 2005. The list will appear in the magazine’s December issue, which hits newsstands on Nov. 22.

Scientific American is recognizing Collins for his research contributions in synthetic biology, specifically the design and construction of programmable cells. He has been a member of the BME Department faculty since 1990, and is a University Professor.

“The Scientific American 50 is our annual opportunity to salute the people and organizations worldwide whose research, policy or business leadership has played a major role in bringing about the science and technology innovations that are improving the way we live and offer the greatest hope for the future,” said John Rennie, the magazine’s editor-in-chief.

Said BME Chairman Prof. Kenneth Lutchen, “Jim has been a pioneer at innovating bioengineering approaches to define and advance the area of systems and synthetic biology. In science and technology he is a leader and a visionary. I am sure I speak for all of Jim’s colleagues at Boston University in extending congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.”