Speaker Profiles

Robert Blake

Assistant Secretary, South and Central Asia, US Department of State

Robert Blake

Robert Blake is a career Foreign Service Officer. Ambassador Blake entered the Foreign Service in 1985. He has served at the American Embassies in Tunisia, Algeria, Nigeria, and Egypt. He held a number of positions at the State Department in Washington, including Senior Desk Officer for Turkey, Deputy Executive Secretary, and Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. Ambassador Blake served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Mission in New Delhi, India from 2003 to 2006; as Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives from 2006 to mid-2009; and as Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs from May 2009 to the present.

Mr. Blake earned a BA from Harvard College in 1980 and an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 1984.

Robert A. Brown

President, Boston University

Robert A. BrownDr. Robert A. Brown, who became president of Boston University in 2005, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences. He serves as a director of the DuPont Company and as a trustee of the Universities Research Association. Additionally, he is chairman of the Academic Research Council of the Ministry of Education and serves on the Research Innovation and Enterprise Council for the Republic of Singapore. From 2005 through 2008, he served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Under Dr. Brown’s leadership, BU is pursuing a 10-year strategic plan that calls for strengthening the core missions of undergraduate, graduate and professional education, interdisciplinary work, and research and scholarship. Prior to his appointment at BU, he served as provost and Warren K. Lewis Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT.

Emily Hudson

Assistant Professor of Religion

Emily HudsonEmily T. Hudson received her MA from the University of Chicago and her PhD from the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University with a specialization in South Asian religion(s), comparative literature, and literary theory. Before joining the Religion Department at BU in 2010, she taught at Harvard University as a lecturer in the history and literature program. Situating herself methodologically at the crossroads of religion and literature, the history of religions, and religious ethics, Hudson’s teaching and research interests focus on South Asian literature and literary theory and comparative religious ethics. Her book Disorienting Dharma: Ethics and the Poetics of Suffering in the Mahabharata (Oxford University Press, 2012) explores the relationship between aesthetics, ethics, and religion in one of the most celebrated and enigmatic literary texts to emerge from the Sanskrit epic tradition. Her current project, provisionally titled Rethinking Moral Paragons and Moral Dilemmas in the Indian Epics, offers a reassessment of the Sanskrit epics in light of their contribution to religious studies, comparative literature, and narrative ethics.

Frank Korom

Professor of Religion and Anthropology

Frank KoromA professor of religion and anthropology at Boston University, Frank J. Korom received degrees in religious studies and anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1984, before pursuing studies in India and Pakistan, where he earned certificates of recognition in a number of modern South Asian languages. He did his graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania on Dharmaraj, a local village deity worshipped in West Bengal from medieval times to the present. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, a Ford Foundation cultural consultant in India and Bangladesh, and curator of Asian and Middle Eastern collections at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.

Deepti Nijhawan

Director, India Initiatives

Deepti NijhawanDeepti Nijhawan joined Boston University as Director of India Initiatives in July 2012 to help lead the University’s India efforts by engaging directly with faculty, developing relationships with quality partner institutions, and overseeing many of the administrative components for BU programs in India. Deepti graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with two master’s degrees in city planning and architecture, and earned a bachelor of architecture degree at the Delhi University School of Planning and Architecture.

Somashekhar M. Nimbalkar

Consultant Neonatologist, Shree Krishna Hospital, Professor of Pediatrics and Jt. Head (Critical Care), Pramukhswami Medical College

Somashekhar NimbalkarProfessor Nimbalkar has earned several honors in the field of pediatrics throughout his career. Furthermore, he will head the Gujarat State Chapter of the National Neonatology Forum for India for 2013 and 2014, a committee in which he’s been involved since 2005.

Parimal Patil

Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Harvard University. Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies

Parimal PatilParimal G. Patil is Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy at Harvard University, where he is Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies. Parimal’s primary academic interests are in the contemporary significance of classical Indian Philosophy. He is particularly interested in Indian Buddhism, its intellectual history in Southern Asia, and Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain debates in aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of language. His first two books focused on such debates during the “final phase” of Buddhism in India. His current work attempts to rethink Sanskrit philosophy in early modernity.

Her Excellency Nirupama Rao

Ambassador of India to the United States

Nirupama RaoMrs. Nirupama Rao assumed her responsibilities as Ambassador of India to the United States in September 2011. On completion of her University studies, and with an MA in English literature, Mrs. Nirupama Rao joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973. In a diplomatic career spanning over three decades, she served in various world capitals, including Washington, Beijing, and Moscow. She acquired extensive experience in India-China relations, having served in the East Asia Division of the Ministry at policy-level capacities for several years, and later serving as India’s first woman Ambassador to China from 2006 to 2009. Her other ambassadorial assignments include Peru and Bolivia, and Sri Lanka (where also she was India’s first woman High Commissioner).

On completion of her ambassadorial tenures in Sri Lanka and in China, she was appointed Foreign Secretary, the highest office in the Indian Foreign Service, where she served a two-year term, ending in July 2011.

Kanwal Rekhi

Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners

Kanwal RekhiKanwal is a managing partner of Inventus Capital Partners, a cross border technology venture capital fund. A serial entrepreneur, Kanwal has been closely associated with over 50 start-ups in the Silicon Valley, including Exodus Communications, Versata, and Instantis. Kanwal is actively focused on helping young entrepreneurs get started. He is currently involved at the board level in Sierra Atlantic, Ensim, Kaboodle and Instantis. Kanwal was the founders of Excelan, a computer networking company in 1982, which made its debut on the NASDAQ in 1987 and later merged with Novell. Kanwal was appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer at Novell, and served on the board until 1995. He studied electrical engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and did his master’s at Michigan Technological University. Kanwal was honored with a doctorate in 1997 in business and engineering from Michigan Tech. Kanwal is an active supporter of his alma maters IIT Bombay and Michigan Tech where he has endowed IT schools (KreSIT at IIT Bombay and Kanwal and Ann Rekhi Computer Science Hall at Michigan Tech). Kanwal was among the pioneering Indians in Silicon Valley, and was one of the founding members of TiE. He was the President of TiE Silicon Valley for five years, and is currently a Board Member of TiE Global.

Jit Saxena

Former CEO, Netezza

Jit SaxenaJit Saxena is a business-savvy entrepreneur, with an impressive portfolio of accomplishments, skills, and experience. Under his leadership, Netezza grew and had a successful initial public offering. Previously, Saxena was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Applix Inc., a leading provider of analytical CRM software that he took public in 1994. While at Applix, Saxena guided the company to a leadership position in the CRM market and achieved an eight-fold increase in market value subsequent to the IPO. Through his vision, the company was continually an innovator in new high growth markets.

Saxena earned an MS in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, an MBA from Boston University and a bachelor of technology (electrical engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai. In July 2003, he was named an Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year and was recently named a Mass High Tech All-Star.

Jonathon Simon

Robert A. Knox Professor, Chair, International Health, Director, Center for Global Health & Development

Jonathon SimonJonathon Lee Simon, MPH, DSc., is the Chair of the Department of International Health, Director of the Center for Global Health & Development, and Professor of International Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. He received his BS from the University of California at Berkeley in conservation and resource studies. His MPH is also from UC Berkeley. Dr. Simon received his doctorate of science from the Harvard University School of Public Health, having completed dissertation research on the changing demography of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has been involved in applied child health research activities for more than 20 years, working in more than 20 developing countries. Before joining Boston University, Dr. Simon was a Fellow of the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID). Dr. Simon has extensive experience working in Africa and South Asia, particularly on issues related to child survival, infectious diseases, and capacity strengthening. He has served in resident positions in Tanzania and Pakistan. He currently is involved in research evaluating the economic impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on sectors of the African economy, and conducting evaluation research studies of interventions aimed at improving the well-being of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

Anand Sudarshan

Sylvant Advisors, former CEO, Manipal Education and Global Services

Anand SudarshanAnand Sudarshan is Managing Director and CEO of Manipal Education. With two universities and more than 30 institutions in India and abroad, the education group offers both brick-and-mortar and distance learning, the latter involving satellite-based lectures and local coaching delivered through learning centers across India and the world. It now offers professional and skills-based education, covering the fields of banking and insurance, retail, infrastructure services, telecommunications, and media and entertainment. Manipal Education owns MeritTrac, India’s largest testing and assessment services company. Over the last three years, Sudarshan has successfully led the rapid transformation of Manipal Education into a major enterprise with a multi-country footprint. Prior to joining Manipal, Sudarshan was the president of Adea International and was CEO of Netkraft Private Ltd.

N. Venkatraman

David J. McGrath, Jr. Professor in Management & Information Systems at Boston University

N. VenkatramanProfessor Venkatraman received his PhD in Strategic Management from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburg in 1985. This was following an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology. Professor Venkatraman’s research focuses on the relationship between business and technology in the modern age, and he has written several publications on the subject. These writings have been published in the Sloan Management Review, IBM Systems Journal, and Financial Times.

Willis G. Wang

Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs, Boston University

Willis G. WangWillis Wang joined Boston University’s Office of the General Counsel in 1998, where his efforts focused on international, corporate, technology transfer, investment, research, and environmental matters. He was named Deputy General Counsel in 2005. In 2009, he was appointed to create and oversee Boston University’s first Global Programs office.

As Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs, he plays a senior leadership role in the development, coordination, and implementation of Boston University’s global strategy to support the University’s extensive educational, research, and service activities around the world.

In addition to managing a Global Programs team that provides strategic support and operational oversight for many of the University’s international engagements, Willis has management and budget planning responsibility for three other divisions within BU Global Programs. These divisions are the Study Abroad division, the Center for English Language & Orientation Programs, and the International Students & Scholars Office, which together comprise over 400 people working for the University in more than 12 countries year-round and support thousands of students.

Muhammad Zaman

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Muhammad ZamanMuhammad Zaman is the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Molecular & Cellular Dynamics at Boston University and a Faculty Fellow of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. He holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Chicago and was a Hermann and Margaret Sokol Foundation Fellow (postdoctoral fellow) in cancer research at MIT. He has been a recipient of FEBS Outstanding Young Investigator Award and was most recently awarded the Regents Teaching Award, the highest teaching award across the entire University of Texas System of Institutions. Professor Zaman joined BU from UT Austin in Fall 2009.

Dr. Zaman’s research focuses on understanding the systems biology of tumor invasion and metastasis. The second main thrust of his research focuses on developing computational and experimental tools to improve the quality of life, education, and the practice of medicine in the developing world. He is working closely with institutions of higher learning in curriculum development and implementation. In addition, he partners with various nonprofits around the globe, in particular with developing countries, to develop cheap, robust, and easy-to-use diagnostic solutions for remote areas.

The Global Job Search Workshop Leaders

Patty Antonelli

Associate Director, Counseling & Programs
Patty AntonelliPatty joined Boston University in August 2010. She holds a bachelor of arts in applied English from Western New England College and a master of education in student personnel administration in higher education from Springfield College.

Outside of work, Patty enjoys spending time with family and friends, is passionate about cooking, and enjoys entertaining, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and reading.

Deb Jancourtz

Assistant Director, Counseling & Programs

Deb JancourtzDeb joined the Center for Career Development in March 2010. In her role, Deb counsels students, as well as facilitates workshops and programs on a number of topics from networking, résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing, and more. She has a bachelor of arts in French and French literature from the University of Wisconsin and a master of science in human resource development from Northeastern University. She is fluent in French and loves practicing other languages as well, including German and Spanish. She enjoys baking for fun occasions and practicing yoga. She loves animals and has a black cat with a one-inch tail.

Jesse Ohrenberger

Assistant Director, Counseling & Programs

Jesse OhrenbergerJesse joined the Center for Career Development in 2011. In her role, Jesse counsels students, as well as facilitates workshops and programs on a number of topics from networking, résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing, and more. She graduated from Boston College with a bachelor of arts in psychology and communication and a master of arts in higher education administration. Outside of work, Jesse enjoys baking and decorating cakes, dancing, and boating. She also volunteers at a dog shelter and hangs out with her own adopted black lab named Onyx.

Kati Reusche

Assistant Director, International Alumni Networks

Kati ReuscheFormerly the project manager and executive assistant to consul at the Consulate of Switzerland/Swissnex Boston, Kati Reusche is enthusiastic about developing and supporting sustainable alumni networks in target areas at Boston University’s international alumni networks. She enjoys organizing over 50 events annually for the 30,000+ alumni living outside of the United States and partnering with regional volunteer leadership to increase alumni engagement and giving. Reusche earned a master of arts in American and German studies at the University of Leipzig, in Leipzig, Germany.


Dr. Molly Teas

Senior Advisor for Education to the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs

Dr. Molly TeasDr. Molly Teas is heading up a program for the Department of State called the Passport to India. This program is aimed at increasing the amount of American students with first-hand experience in India by adding more study abroad programs that include internships. The initiative will promote business internships linked to student’s academic interest areas, summer scientific research internships, and service learning internships in India. Promoting specific opportunities and funding sources for underrepresented students to participate in internships in India is a key focus. Passport to India interns will not only work on joint projects, they will also develop important connections that can result in future collaborations and benefits for both countries.


India Essay Prize Judges

Maria Gapotchencko

Senior Lecturer, College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program, Boston University

Nazli Kibria

Professor of Sociology, Boston University

Nazli KibriaNazli Kibria received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her PhD in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. A scholar of global migration, families, and identity formations, Professor Kibria teaches courses on the sociology of international migration, families, childhood, and contemporary South Asia. Her most recent book (2011) is Muslims in Motion: Islam and National Identity in the Bangladeshi Diaspora.

Douglas Sears

Vice President and Chief of Staff for the President

dsearsThe Vice President and Chief of Staff supervises the staff and operations of BU’s Office of the President, oversees preparations for presidential events, and represents the President at meetings, as needed. The Vice President and Chief of Staff to the President also leads projects and initiatives at the direction of the President. Douglas Sears also serves as Vice President, Director of Military Education (ROTC) and is a professor in the School of Education.

Sunil Sharma

Associate Professor of Persianate & Comparative Literature, Boston University

Sunil SharmaSunil Sharma is Associate Professor of Persianate & Comparative Literature at Boston University. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago. He has held fellowships at the Institute of Advanced Study (Berlin), Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture (Harvard), and the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study (New Delhi). He is the author of two monographs: Persian Poetry at the Indian Frontier: Mas’?d Sa’d Salm?n of Lahore (2000), and Amir Khusraw: The Poet of Sultans and Sufis (2005); two collaborative works: Atiya’s Journeys: A Muslim Woman from Colonial Bombay to Edwardian Britain (2010), and In the Bazaar of Love: The Selected Poetry of Amir Khusrau (2011); and co-editor of two volumes of essays, Necklace of the Pleiades: Studies in Persian Literature (2007); On the Wonders of Land and Sea: Persianate Travel Writing (2013). He has written numerous articles and co-curated several exhibitions at Harvard University. His research interests are in the areas of Persianate literary and visual cultures, translation, and travel writing.

Howard Gotleib Archival Research Center Staff

Vita Paladino

Director, Howard Gotleib Archival Research Center, Boston University

vpaladinoPaladino has a received her bachelor’s in sociology from Boston University and a master’s in social work. She assumed her position as director of the Gotlieb Research Center in 2006. During her term as director, she has overseen the acquisition of several exclusive documents including scripts and correspondences from such Hollywood legends as Robin Williams, Leonard Nimoy, and Humphrey Bogart, as well as several rare books.

Sean Noel

Associate Director, Howard Gotleib Archival Research Center, Boston University

BU-India: The Right Moment

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Cross-Pollination: Global References in Art Exhibit Artists

Pallavi Rane

Graphic Designer

PavalliPallavi Rane was born and raised across the Atlantic Ocean in the vibrant city of London, UK. Her roots originate from India, a land of different cultures, languages, and artistry. She has a diploma in art, design and technology from London Guildhall University, London, and bachelor of arts with honors in textile design from Central Saint Martins-University of Arts, London, a premier design institute. After graduation, Pallavi worked as a professional textile design consultant for a number of design studios, and worked on several projects for the Larson Studios based in New York. She has participated in exhibitions and trade shows nationally and internationally.

Upon immigrating to the United States, she began the next part of her journey. Here, she sought opportunities to continue her passion in woven textiles, and worked for Robert Allen Designs based in New York. Exposed to further new technological advances, she felt the need to incorporate those to broaden her horizons and complement the existing skills. Graphic design was the field that she strongly felt would help to achieve it, as both these fields seemed to seamlessly interweave with each other, and hence had the privilege of pursing an MFA in graphic design at Boston University College of Fine Arts. Her focus here has been to tie the connections between the visual languages of textile and graphic design.

Kari Mueller

Graphic Designer

KariKari currently works at Boston University Global Programs as the Communications Manager where she promotes BU’s global activities, and is responsible for the production of all print and electronic publications. Prior to joining Global Programs, Kari was the Marketing/Publications Specialist at BU’s Study Abroad office for several years. As part of the marketing team, she acted as a brand manager for Study Abroad and its 30+ sites around the world and managed all communication efforts. Before joining the BU community, Kari worked as a web designer at a Boston-based travel company and as a graphic designer at Association Montessori International in Rochester, NY. She has a BFA in media arts from State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, a MS in advertising from Boston University, and will soon complete a MFA in graphic design.

BU-India Symposium Planning Committee

Malcolm Bryant

Clinical Associate Professor, International Health

mbryantMalcolm Bryant, MBBS, MPH, has over 30 years of experience working in the health sector as a clinician, educator, researcher, and manager of public health programs. Currently Dr. Bryant is Clinical Associate Professor of International Health at Boston University School of Public Health and is the Principal Investigator for the Evaluating the Capacity of Civil Society Organizations to Improve the Health of OVC in Ethiopia Project. Dr. Bryant holds a medical degree from London University and a master’s in public health from Harvard University. He is also the incoming Chair of the International Health Section of the American Public Health Association.

Ginger Dagli

Officer, Development & Alumni Relations, International Development

jdagliPrior to coming to Boston University, Juhi Ginger Dagli was the Executive Director of the Dubai Initiative at the Belfer Center from 2006 to 2008. Before she was appointed Executive Director, Ginger was an ISP Fellow with research interests in sustainable development in conflict/post-conflict zones. Ms. Dagli has a bachelor’s degree in marine science and aquaculture from the University Professors Program at Boston University. Her thesis, “Aquaculture in the Sultanate of Oman,” focused on economic and social development in Oman, strategic resource allocation trends, and the role of fisheries.

Jennifer DiTomasso Jacobsen

Web Manager, BU Global Programs

Jennifer DiTomasso JacobsenJen is responsible for increasing the impact of the University’s global activities through the websites within BU Global Programs, including those for Global Programs, BU Study Abroad, the Center for English Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP), and the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO). She comes to Global Programs from BU Study Abroad, where she led the website redesign for one of the largest study abroad operations in the world.

Michael Lawson

Professor, Associate Dean, Information Systems

mlawsonProfessor Lawson has had several administrative positions within the Questrom School of Business as well as years of teaching experience in the University. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, as well as a PhD in economics from the University of Iowa. Dean Lawson participates in a wide variety of professional activities including public service, professional organizations, consulting, teaching and curriculum development, administrative activities through committee assignments, the development of executive education programs, and research.

Karen A. Leonida

Assistant Director, Presidential Functions

Karen LeonidaKaren A. Leonida is the Assistant Director of Presidential Functions for Boston University. She works closely with the Director to plan and execute all presidential events hosted by the President both on campus and offsite.

Melissa Malone

Assistant to the Vice President and Associate Provost, Global Programs

Melissa MaloneMelissa Malone is the Assistant to the Vice President and Associate Provost of Global Programs. She graduated cum laude with a BA in international relations from Syracuse University and also holds a MA in international peace and conflict resolution from American University. Melissa has over twenty years of experience in providing administrative support in the fields of study abroad, international marketing, and business development.

Eugenio Menegon

Associate Professor of History

emenegonEugenio Menegon serves on the Executive Board of BU Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA), co-organizes the research group “Leisure and Social Change across Asia” under the auspices of the BU Humanities Foundation, and is member of the interdepartmental “Eurasian Court Cultures Workgroup” at Boston University. He received his bachelor’s in Oriental languages & literatures from the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, Italy, and a master’s in Asian studies as well as a PhD in history from the University of California at Berkeley.

Deepti Nijhawan

Director, India Initiatives

Vinit Nijhawan

Managing Director, Technology Development

vnijhawanVinit is Managing Director of Technology Development and Director of Enterprise Programs at ITEC (Institute of Technology, Entrepreneurship & Commercialization) at Boston University. Vinit also teaches an MBA course on Entrepreneurship at BU. Vinit earned a BASc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

Peter Russo

Executive in Residence/Senior Lecturer/ Faculty Director, Entrepreneurship Programs-ITEC/Faculty Director, Executive MBA, Strategy and Innovation

prussoPeter Russo is an Executive-in-Residence and Senior Lecturer at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. He is the Faculty Director for the Executive MBA Program. He also serves as the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs for the Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (ITEC). Russo teaches courses related to entrepreneurship at the graduate and executive levels, and is the Faculty Director of Mod 5 of the Executive MBA Program and of the Diploma in Entrepreneurial Management Program. Russo received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1980, where he earned the distinction of Baker Scholar and his BS degree in accounting from Montclair State University in 1974.

Douglas Sears

Vice President and Chief of Staff for the President

Selim Ünlü

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, College of Engineering

sunluProfessor M. Selim Ünlü was born in Sinop, Turkey, in 1964. He received the BS degree in electrical engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1986, and the MSEE and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1988 and 1992, respectively. In 1992, he joined the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Boston University as an assistant professor, and he has been a professor since 2003.

Christine Wynne

Director, Presidential Functions

Christine WynneChristine H. Wynne is director of presidential functions for Boston University. She designs, plans, and supervises all special events hosted by the University president at Sloane House and at other spaces on campus. She also oversees the management and maintenance of Sloane House as a University facility and as a home.

Muhammad Zaman

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

(See complete profile above.) ZAMANMuhammad Zaman is the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Molecular & Cellular Dynamics at Boston University and a Faculty Fellow of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. He holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Chicago and was a Hermann and Margaret Sokol Foundation Fellow (postdoctoral fellow) in cancer research at MIT. He has been a recipient of FEBS Outstanding Young Investigator Award and was most recently awarded the Regents Teaching Award, the highest teaching award across the entire University of Texas System of Institutions. Professor Zaman joined BU from UT Austin in Fall 2009.