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 Questrom School of Business.
  • 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 rotates its focus annually and for 2017-2018 advances the participation and success of women in the field of life sciences.

Current Career Development Professors

2018-2021


Peter Paul Career Development Professors

Megan Cole

Assistant Professor of Health Law, Policy & Management, School of Public Health

Megan Cole’s research studies health care coverage for Medicaid and safety-net populations, focusing on how state and federal reform efforts affect the quality and equity of care for these groups. She holds a doctorate in health services research from Brown University, a master’s degree in health policy and administration from Yale University, and a bachelor’s degree from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Ahmed Ghappour

Associate Professor of Law, School of Law

A computer engineer by training, Ahmed Ghappour merges multiple disciplines, exploring the interplay between emerging technologies and law enforcement, particularly in the context of the modern surveillance state and cybersecurity. He holds a law degree from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.


Victor Kumar

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences

Victor Kumar’s writings center on ethics and cognitive science, examining how issues around evolutionary theory, feminism, race, and social justice reshape our understanding of individuals and societies. He received his doctorate in philosophy from University of Arizona, his master’s degree in philosophy from University of Alberta, and two bachelor’s degrees from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.

Charlene Ong

Assistant Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine

Charlene Ong’s research seeks to create personalized risk assessments of patients with ischemic stroke through development of a comprehensive diagnostic imaging tool that processes physiologic, clinical, and radiographic data. She holds a master’s degree in population health sciences from Washington University (where she completed her residency), a medical degree from Columbia University, and two bachelor’s degrees from University of Pennsylvania.

Portia Pedro

Associate Professor of Law, School of Law

Portia Pedro teaches and writes about the processes that judges use to make procedural decisions. She also explores the ways in which judges use civil procedure to navigate the tensions between law and equity, standards and rules, finality and fairness, and governments and marginalized groups. She holds a PhD in law from Yale University, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles.


East Asia Studies Career Development Professorship

April Hughes

Assistant Professor of Religion, College of Arts & Sciences

A scholar in the relationship of Buddhism to rulership in medieval China, April Hughes uses lenses of history, politics, and art – including Chinese Buddhist manuscripts and mural paintings – to understand religion within broader cultural and social contexts. She received her doctorate in religion from Princeton University and holds master’s degrees in Asian Studies and East Asian Studies from University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, Los Angeles, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge.


Aram V. Chobanian Assistant Professorship

Hugo Aparicio

Assistant Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine

Hugo Aparicio’s research focuses on the impact of lifestyle risk factors – namely body weight – on survival after stroke. He additionally works to identify and better understand vascular risk factors to brain injury and aging, cognitive dysfunction, and the development of Alzheimer’s disease and to improve care for those with stroke and dementia. He holds a medical degree from University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree from Emory University.


Peter J. Levine Career Development Professorship

Wenchao Li

Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

A leading researcher in all areas of dependable computing, Wenchao Li develops computational proof methods and machine learning techniques to aid the construction of safe, reliable, and secure systems. He holds both a doctorate and master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from University of California, Berkeley, where he also received his bachelor’s degree.


2017-2020

Peter Paul Career Development Professors

Travis Bristol

Assistant Professor of English Education, School of Education

Travis Bristol’s research examines race and gender in schools, including district and school-based practices that support teachers of color, and policies that enable and constrain the workplace experiences and retention for teachers of color. He received his doctorate in education policy from Columbia University, a master’s degree in education from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College.

Daniella Kupor

Assistant Professor of Marketing, Questrom School of Business

Daniella Kupor’s research studies areas of decision making and consumer persuasion, investigating how external factors – including interruptions, messaging, and other situational variables – help to shape choices and risk judgements. She holds a doctorate in marketing from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brown University.

Rory Van Loo

Associate Professor of Law, School of Law

An expert in digital markets, Rory Van Loo focuses his research on consumer transactions, with particular interest in the intersection between technology and regulation. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School and holds a doctorate from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College.


Moorman-Simon Interdisciplinary Career Development Professorship

Allyson Sgro

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

Allyson Sgro’s translational research bridges biology and technology, exploring how cells work together and make group decisions to perform complex behaviors such as assembling into a tissue, forming a biofilm, healing a wound, or developing into different cell types. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in chemistry from University of Washington and received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and pre-medical studies from Bard College at Simon’s Rock. She completed her postdoctoral training at Princeton University.


University Provost’s Career Development Professorship

Xi Ling

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, College of Engineering

Xi Ling’s multidisciplinary research in nanoscience works to synthesize new two-dimensional nanomaterials, reveal their physical nature through spectroscopy, and ultimately develop them into novel, high-performance, flexible devices for use in energy conversion and chemical sensing. She holds a doctorate in physical chemistry from Peking University and bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from Lanzhou University in China. She completed her postdoctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Innovation Career Development Professorship

Miloš Popović

Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

Miloš Popović’s research and design work in silicon chip technology employs first-principles theory and photonics at the micro- and nanoscale to create integrated systems-on-chip that enable new modes of communication, computation, signal processing, and sensing. He received his doctorate in electrical engineering and completed his postdoctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Queen’s University in Canada.

Emily Whiting

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, College of Arts & Sciences

A specialist in computer graphics, Emily Whiting uses her research in architectural geometry, computer-aided design, and 3D fabrication for numerous applications – from building masonry to the manufacture of materials – to help bridge the gap between geometric modeling, structural engineering, and design. She holds a doctorate in computer graphics and building technology and a master’s degree in design and computation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from University of Toronto. She completed her postdoctoral work at ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Zurich.


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 degree 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 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 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 and 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.


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