Career Development Professorships

Overview

classroom Each year, Boston University recognizes a handful of talented junior educators emerging as future leaders within their respective fields through the award of Career Development Professorships. Made possible by the generous support of distinguished donors, alumni, and BU’s Office of Technology Development, these professorships highlight the caliber, potential, and continued vitality of Boston University’s diverse faculty.

Awards, nominating procedures, and selection vary based on the professorship and the unit administering the honor.  All awards are three years in length and include support for the recipients’ salaries and/or research and scholarly work.

  • Peter Paul Career Development Professorships are awarded University-wide.
  • The Stuart and Elizabeth Pratt Career Development Professorship highlights excellence within the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • The Reidy Family Career Development Professorship recognizes faculty members in the College of Engineering and the School of Management.
  • The Ralph Edwards Career Development Professorship focuses specifically within the School of Medicine.
  • Innovation Career Development Professorships recognize those whose translational research is likely to lead to future licensed technology.
  • East Asia Studies Career Development Professorships recognize junior faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Communication, the Pardee School of Global Studies, and the Questrom School of Business whose research is specific to East Asia.
  • The Aram V. Chobanian Assistant Professorship recognizes outstanding junior faculty in the School of Medicine.
  • The Peter J. Levine Career Development Professorship supports rising junior faculty in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering within the College of Engineering.
  • The Moorman-Simon Interdisciplinary Career Development Professorship recognizes a faculty member who is conducting truly interdisciplinary work and either holds or has the potential to hold appointments in multiple schools and colleges at BU.
  • The Isabel Anderson Career Development Professorship supports the scholarship of a faculty member in the Questrom School of Business.
  • The University Provost’s Career Development Professorship advances the participation and success of women in the field of data science.

Current Career Development Professors

2016-2019


Peter Paul Career Development Professors

Charles Chang

Assistant Professor of Linguistics, College of Arts & Sciences

Charles Chang’s research explores language acquisition, focusing on the ways in which individuals’ native languages both influence, and are influenced by, the phonological systems of heritage or later learned languages. He is a graduate of Harvard University and received his doctorate and Master’s in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Master of Philosophy in English and Applied Linguistics from the University of Cambridge.

Daniel Cifuentes

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, School of Medicine

A biochemist and developmental biologist, Daniel Cifuentes examines the early stages of embryo formation and the role of RNA during this period, using research on zebrafish to yield new insights into basic mechanisms of development. He is a graduate of the University of Barcelona (Spain), where he also received his doctorate in Biochemistry. He completed his postdoctoral training at Yale University.

Arturo Vegas

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences

Arturo Vegas uses his research in synthetic chemistry to develop novel chemical tools, materials, and approaches for targeting therapeutics to diseased tissues, with an emphasis on cancer and diabetes. He holds a doctorate in Chemistry from Harvard University and received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cornell University.


Stuart and Elizabeth Pratt Career Development Professorship

Jerry Chen

Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences

Jerry Chen’s research in neuroscience uses the sensory input from the whiskers in mice to study the relationship between local circuits and long-range networks in the neocortex and better understand the central nervous system in mammals.  He received his doctorate in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.


Reidy Family Career Development Professorship

John Ngo

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

John Ngo’s translational research bridges cell biology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology to develop new tools for managing biomolecules in living cells and organisms and reveal new insights into cellular function and disease. A graduate of the University California, Santa Barbara, he received his doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the California Institute of Technology.


Ralph Edwards Career Development Professorship

Joshua Campbell

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Computational Biomedicine), School of Medicine

Using bioinformatics, Joshua Campbell’s research in DNA and RNA sequencing works to help detect and treat lung cancer and COPD at an earlier stage by identifying unique genomic mutations and then targeting them with novel therapies. He received his doctorate in Bioinformatics from Boston University and his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Biology from Anderson (IN) University. He completed his postdoctoral training at Boston University.


Moorman-Simon Interdisciplinary Career Development Professorship

Keith Brown

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
Assistant Professor of Physics, College of Arts & Sciences

An expert in manufacture and transport processes at the nanoscale, Keith Brown focuses his multidisciplinary research on soft materials – liquids, polymers, emulsions, and gels – and how their makeup affects the way light, heat, electrons, and molecules can move through a system. He received his doctorate and Master’s degrees in Physics from Harvard University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Isabel Anderson Career Development Professorship

Marcus Bellamy

Assistant Professor of Operations & Technology Management, Questrom School of Business

Marcus Bellamy’s research in supply chain management uses analytics and visualization techniques to help businesses reveal and understand clusters, patterns, trends, and outliers of supply chain innovation not necessarily identified through traditional methods. He received his doctorate and Master’s degree, respectively, in Operations Management and Industrial & Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico.


University Provost’s Career Development Professorship

Jessica Simes

Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Arts & Sciences

Jessica Simes’s research merges studies of urban inequality and poverty with computational thinking, using innovative data-analysis techniques to better understand the widespread mass incarceration concentrated in disadvantaged communities. A graduate of Occidental College, she holds a doctorate and Master’s degree in Sociology from Harvard University.


2015-2018

Peter Paul Career Development Professors

Angela Robertson Bazzi

Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health

Angela Robertson Bazzi’s research explores social and structural determinants of disparities in infectious diseases, focusing on drug use and sex risk behaviors among populations both in the U.S.-Mexico border region and in the Boston area. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and received her Master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and her doctorate in Public Health from the University of California, San Diego.

Sam Ling

Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences

A computational neuroscientist, Sam Ling uses numerous approaches, including psychophysics and functional magnetic resonance imaging, to better understand how the brain perceives and consciously experiences the visual world. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, received his doctorate in Psychology from New York University, and completed his postdoctoral work at Vanderbilt University.

Elizabeth (Bess) Rouse

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Questrom School of Business

Bess Rouse’s research examines the role of social interactions in the creative process, drawing on identity and ownership theories to understand how creative workers psychologically attach and detach from the products they make. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received her Master’s degree in Organization Studies and her doctorate in Management and Organization from Boston College.

Jennifer Talbot

Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences

A microbial biologist, Jennifer Talbot utilizes biochemical analysis and advanced sequencing technologies to help uncover the unique mechanisms microbes use to process carbon and nutrients through ecosystems. She is a graduate of Boston University, received her doctorate in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and completed her postdoctoral research at Stanford University.


East Asia Studies Career Development Professors

Lei Guo

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations, and member of the Division of Emerging Media Studies, College of Communication

Lei Guo’s scholarship in cross-cultural journalism explores the role of new media technologies as agents of democratic development in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, utilizing social networks as data science tools to provide a clearer understanding of East Asian culture. She is a graduate of Fudan University in Shanghai and received her Master’s degree and doctorate in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.

Julie Klinger

Assistant Professor of International Studies, Pardee School of Global Studies

Julie Klinger’s in-depth fieldwork in global geography examines rare earth prospecting and mining, with special emphasis on the development and geopolitics of resource frontiers in China, Brazil, and Outer Space, and their impact on local populations and environments. She is a graduate of both Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College, holds a certificate in China Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and received her doctorate in Geography from the University of California, Berkley.


Aram V. Chobanian Assistant Professorship

Neil Ganem

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine, School of Medicine

Neil Ganem’s research in cancer cell biology uses a variety of novel methods – including high-resolution microscopy and bioinformatics – to study the causes and consequences of genome instability in human cancer and to define the tumor suppression mechanisms that limit the proliferation of highly abnormal aneuploid cells. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, received his doctorate in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College and completed his postdoctoral research in Pediatric Oncology at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School.


Peter J. Levine Career Development Professorship

Brian Kulis

Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

An expert in computer vision applications, Brian Kulis works to devise new methods that make it easier to analyze large-scale data, with a focus on helping resolve core problems in machine learning, including metric learning, content-based search, clustering, and online learning. A graduate of Cornell University, he received his doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and completed his postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley.


2014-2017

Peter Paul Career Development Professors

Jacob Bor

Assistant Professor of Global Health, School of Public Health

Jacob Bor’s research applies the analytical tools of economics to the study of population health, focusing on the effects of HIV treatment and prevention on patients, households, communities and social policy in southern Africa. He is a graduate of Harvard College and received his doctorate and Master’s in Global Health and Population from Harvard School of Public Health.

Rachel Flynn

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, School of Medicine

Rachel Flynn’s research investigates chromosomal abnormalities and their contribution to premature aging and cancer, gaining the mechanistic insight necessary to identify the causes and ultimate treatment of human disease. She is a graduate of St. Michael’s College, received her doctorate in Biomedical Sciences at University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed her postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

Ernest Gonzales

Assistant Professor of Human Behavior, School of Social Work

Using national level data and sociological statistical modeling, Ernest Gonzales studies the impact of working during retirement years and its effect on economic disparities among older adults in the United States. He received his doctorate in Social Work from Washington University (St. Louis), his Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and his Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College.


Innovation Career Development Professor

Tim Gardner

Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

Tim Gardner’s translational research in systems neuroscience bridges concepts of biology and physics to produce technology for recording neural activity in awake and behaving animals. The recipient of a Burroughs Welcome Fund Career Award and a Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research, he received dual doctorates in Physics and Biology from Rockefeller University and his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Princeton University. He completed his postdoctoral training at Rockefeller University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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