Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
The appointments of three faculty members to career development chairs have been announced by Provost Joel Moses, the D.C. Jackson Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. The appointments are for three-year terms, beginning July 1.
Professor James Buzard of the literature section in the Department of Humanities has been selected as the next holder of the Class of 1956 Career Development Professorship.
Professor Peter K. Sorger of the Department of Biology will hold the Howard S. and Linda B. Stern Career Development Professorship.
Professor Gregory W. Wornell of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has been selected as the next holder of the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Professorship.
Professor Buzard holds the BA degree (1981) from the University of Notre Dame and the MA (1982), MPhil (1985) and PhD (1990), all from Columbia University and all in English. He joined MIT in 1994.
His book, The Beaten Track: European Tourism, Literature and the Ways to `Culture', 1800-1918, argues that the reaction to the rise of popular tourism in Europe fostered a new rhetoric of cultural authority and helped prepare for the current concept of culture.
Professor Sorger, who received the AB degree in biochemistry summa cum laude (1984) from Harvard University and the PhD in molecular biology (1988) from Cambridge University, joined MIT in 1994.
His research focuses on the process of chromosome segregation at the molecular level to determine how defects in these processes cause genomic instability, a common property of tumor cells.
Professor Wornell holds the BASc degree (1985) from the University of British Columbia and the SM (1987) and PhD (1991) from MIT. He joined MIT in 1991.
His principal fields of interest are signal processing and applications to wireless communications. Professor Wornell is a principal investigator in the Digital Signal Processing Group of the Research Laboratory of Electronics.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 5, 1996.