Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
Gregory C. Fu, the Firmenich Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been named a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar for 1997 and is also one of the first recipients of the Glaxo Well-come Chemistry Scholars Award.
The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award program is designed to provide external support to young faculty members at early stages of their academic careers. Professor Fu is one of only 16 Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars in the country.
The Glaxo Wellcome Chemistry Scholars Award is a two-year unrestricted research grant recently established by the Division of Chemistry at Glaxo Wellcome in Research Triangle Park, NC, and is given to exceptional young faculty in the fields of organic, medicinal, bioorganic or structural chemistry.
Professor Fu received the SB in chemistry from MIT in 1985 and the PhD from Harvard in 1991, followed by postdoctoral work at Caltech. He came to MIT in 1993. His other awards include an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and an American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Research Award. His research is directed toward the development of new reagents and methods for organic reactions, with an emphasis on asymmetric catalysis. In particular, his group has been exploring and exploiting the reactivity of organoboron, organoiron and organotin compounds.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 7, 1997.