Overview

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.

Current Career Development Professors

2019-2022


Peter Paul Career Development Professor

Florian Douam

Assistant Professor of Microbiology, School of Medicine

Florian Douam’s translational research at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory investigates human immune responses to emerging viruses, including viral hepatitis, AIDS, Dengue fever, and yellow fever, to aid in the development of effective vaccines and therapeutics. He received his doctorate in molecular virology and master’s degree in biological sciences from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in Lyon, France, and his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Université François Rabelais in Tours, France.


Moorman-Simon Interdisciplinary Career Development Professors

Chandramouli Chandrasekaran

Assistant Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology, School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences

Chandramouli Chandrasekaran uses electrophysiological, behavioral, and computational techniques to better understand how the primate brain makes decisions based on sensory input and guides limb movement – findings with wide implications for treating human patient populations. He received his doctorate in psychology and neuroscience and master’s degree in psychology from Princeton University, a master’s degree in neural and behavioral sciences from University of Tübingen in Germany, and his bachelor’s degree in information technology from University of Madras in India.

Heba Gowayed

Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Arts & Sciences

Heba Gowayed researches the dynamics of immigration and refugee resettlement, examining how low-income people – particularly of Muslim and Arab origin – traverse social services, immigration laws, and their associated bureaucracies, while grappling with gender and racial inequalities. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in sociology from Princeton University, a master’s degree in sociology from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University in Cairo.


Reidy Family Career Development Professor

Robert Metcalfe

Assistant Professor of Markets, Public Policy & Law, Questrom School of Business

Robert Metcalfe employs field experiments to understand human behavior and measure welfare in consumer markets and within large organizations, particularly in the presence of market imperfections and externalities, producing data with potential to help solve pressing managerial problems. He received his doctorate in economics from Imperial College London, his master’s degree from London School of Economics, and his bachelor’s degree from University of Wales, Swansea.


Ralph Edwards Career Development Professor

Dennis Jones

Assistant Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine

Dennis Jones’s research focuses on the immune-evasion mechanisms cancer cells use to persist in lymph nodes and spread to distant organs and works to identify strategies and molecular targets to enhance anti-tumor immunity and prevent metastasis. He received his doctorate in immunobiology from Yale University and his bachelor’s degree in biology from Morehouse College. He completed his postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Isabel Anderson Career Development Professor

Sanaz Mobasseri

Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations, Questrom School of Business

Sanaz Mobasseri uses field experimental and computational methods to study the role of gender, race, and culture in shaping employee experiences in the workforce and labor market outcomes. She holds a doctorate in management of organizations and a master’s degree in public policy from University of California, Berkeley, and received her bachelor’s degree in finance from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


East Asia Studies Career Development Professor

Anne Feng

Assistant Professor of Chinese Art, College of Arts & Sciences

Anne Feng is a historian of Chinese art, with specialties in Buddhist art and architecture, Silk Road visual and material cultures, sacred space and ritual art, and mural painting practices. Recent research has examined images of water and waterscapes on the painted cave walls at Dunhuang in western China from the Tang dynasty. She holds a doctorate in art history from University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in art history from New York University.


University Provost’s Career Development Professor

Derry Wijaya

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, College of Arts & Sciences

Derry Wijaya is an expert in machine learning, computational linguistics, and natural language processing, developing new algorithms and approaches to machine learning that improve the translation of less-annotated languages – particularly in automating the linguistic analysis of verbs. She received her doctorate in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from National University of Singapore. She completed her postdoctoral training at University of Pennsylvania.


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, computer science, 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

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.


Past Awardees

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