MIT’s Susan Murcott expands ceramic-filter production to three continents, bringing jobs and curbing disease.
The appointments of two faculty members as initial holders of newly established career development professorships have been announced by Provost Mark S. Wrighton.
They are Assistant Professor Hans-Conrad zur Loye of the Department of Chemistry and Assistant Professor Tyler Jacks of the Department of Biology and the Center for Cancer Research.
Dr. zur Loye has been selected to be the first holder of the Paul M. Cook Career Development Professorship, established with a contribution from Paul M. Cook, a member of the chemical engineering class of 1947.
Dr. Jacks has been selected to be the first holder of the Howard S. and Linda B. Stern Career Development Professorship, which has been established by a gift from the Stern family.
Professor zur Loye's research interests include the investigation of layered magnetic oxides, the synthesis of novel ternary nitride materials, the study of electrosynthesis in high-temperature solutions, and the development of new classes of oxygen-ion conductors for use in solid oxide fuel cells.
He holds the ScB (1983) from Brown University and the PhD (1988) from the University of California-Berkeley, both in chemistry. He did postdoctoral work at Northwestern University and was appointed to the MIT faculty in 1989.
He received the Camille & Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award in 1989.
Professor Jacks' research involves the genetic events that contribute to the formation of cancer. He has played an important role in the development of a series of mouse strains engineered with mutations in genes known to be involved in human cancer-the so-called tumor suppressor genes.
He holds the AB (1983) from Harvard University in biology and the PhD (1988) from the University of California, San Francisco, in biochemistry. From 1988-1992 he was a postdoctoral associate at Whitehead Institute and joined the MIT faculty in 1992.
Since 1991 he has been a Markey Scholar in Biomedical Science, an award made by the Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust.
A version of this article appeared in the April 7, 1993 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 37, Number 28).