Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
A memorial ceremony was held April 8 by the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences for Jaemin Rhee, 33, a McDonnell-Pew postdoctoral fellow who died over the weekend in her Cambridge apartment. The cause of death has not yet been determined. Born in Vienna, she graduated from Harvard in 1993 and received her Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from MIT in 2001. An accomplished pianist, she was active at Harvard and MIT in music productions and in 1998 founded the Ptolemy Players, a 27-member chamber music ensemble of MIT students and others. Her parents, a brother and a sister, who live in Vienna, survive her. Colleagues are organizing another memorial on a date to be announced.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 9, 2003.