John Ngo Receives Career Development Professorship

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By Amy Laskowski, BU Today

John Ngo
Assistant Professor John Ngo (BME)

The Reidy Family Career Development Professorship, which recognizes College of Engineering and Questrom School of Business faculty, goes his year to John Ngo, an ENG assistant professor of biomedical engineering. The Ralph Edwards Career Development Professorship, given to MED junior faculty, has been awarded to Joshua Campbell (MED’12), a MED assistant professor of computational biomedicine.

Ngo’s research applies principles of evolution, chemistry, and engineering to develop new tools for visualizing, measuring, and controlling biomolecules in cells and organisms. Currently, his lab studies how proteases—proteins that “chop up” other proteins—are used by cells to regulate gene expression in response to different biological signals.

He says his Career Development Professorship came as a complete surprise, and that upon learning that he had been selected, he immediately wrote to thank his former mentors. “As somebody who is just starting an independent career, I know that much of my success is owed to the scientists who coached me along the way,” says Ngo, whose undergraduate degree is from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and PhD in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from the California Institute of Technology. “To me, this award is a big reminder of how lucky I am to have been trained by such great teachers. So, in honor of my mentors, I’m going to pay it forward and use this award to enhance the training environment of my lab for my own students.”

A version of this story originally appeared in BU Today.