Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
Professors Kenneth S. Breuer of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Leslie A. Kolodziejski of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Linda G. Cima of the Department of Chemical Engineering have been appointed to career development professorships.
Professors Breuer and Kolodziejski have been named to Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Professorships. Professor Cima has been appointed to the Karl Van Tassel Career Development Professorship.
Professor Breuer, who joined the MIT faculty in 1990, specializes in fluid mechanics. He is particularly interested in problems of transition and turbulence and control in boundary layers, and he has initiated research to develop miniature sensors and actuators to apply to these problems. He has also been working to deepen understanding of the interaction between the these micro-machined sensors and the fluid environment in which they operate. Professor Breuer holds the BS from Brown University (1982) and the SM (1984) and PhD (1988) degrees from MIT.
Professor Kolodziejski joined MIT in 1988 after two years on the faculty at Purdue University, where she received the BS (1983), MS (1984) and PhD (1986) degrees. Her principal fields of interest are solid-state physics, electronic materials and optoelectronics. She is widely known for her work on growth and characterization of semiconductor superlattices and quantum wells. At MIT, she has built the world's first chemical-beam epitaxy machine for thin-film growth of two classes of material systems. She is a member of the Materials and Fabrication section of the Research Laboratory of Electronics.
Professor Cima holds the BS degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology (1982) and the PhD from University of California, Berkeley, (1988). She came to MIT in 1988 and joined the faculty in 1991. Affiliated with the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and technology, her research concerns developing materials and devices for controlling cell and tissue behavior. A major emphasis is developing synthetic polymers which interact with cells via receptor-mediated phenomena to control cell growth and migration. Her group is working to develop devices with microarchitecture that aid formation of natural tissue, and members have reconstructed cartilage tissue in the shape of an ear by transplanting cartilage cells embedded in such a device.
A version of this article appeared in the February 16, 1994 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 38, Number 23).