Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish architect, engineer and artist, has been awarded the 2005 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts by the MIT Council for the Arts.
Calatrava's recent work includes a cathedral-like $2 billion design for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the site where commuter trains and subway lines converge at the World Trade Center in New York.
He will present a public lecture, "Recent Work," on Tuesday, March 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 10-250. He will be a visiting artist at MIT from March 8-10.
"I am deeply grateful that MIT should recognize my work and the ability of art to inform and influence the exact sciences. MIT is performing a tremendous service by helping to bring art and science back together," Calatrava said.
Calatrava was a visiting professor of architecture at MIT, and his 1997 lectures at MIT, "Santiago Calatrava: Conversations with Students--The MIT Lectures," were published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2002.