Tim Lu named for the Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization

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January 25, 2012

EECS Assistant Professor, Timothy K. Lu, has been awarded the the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization, a two year award which supports promising young MIT professors in undertaking marine-related research to further innovative uses of the ocean's resources.

Timothy Lu, also an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and principal investigator with the Research Laboratory of Electronics, RLE, where he heads the Synthetic Biology Group, focuses on advancing fundamental designs and applications for synthetic biology. Using principles inspired by electrical engineering and computer science. Lu and his group are developing new techniques for constructing, probing, modulating, and modeling engineered biological circuits. Current Synthetic Biology Group application areas include infectious diseases, amyloid-associated conditions, and nanotechnology. Lu's work is also supported in part by the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, made to Lu in Fall, 2011, in encouragement and recognition of his new work on highly innovative projects. (See the EECS Sept. 20, 2011 announcement).

Lu received his undergraduate and M.Eng. degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He obtained an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Medical Engineering and Medical Physics Program. Tim has won the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, Grand Prize in the National Inventor Hall of Fame's Collegiate Inventors Competition, and the Leon Reznick Memorial Prize for "outstanding performance in research" from Harvard Medical School. He has also been selected as a Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences and a Siebel Scholar.

Congratulations Tim!