Friedlander, Han, Havran Receive Tenure
Three senior faculty promotions were announced at a recent
meeting of the Board of Trustees. The faculty were:
- Martin Friedlander, who was promoted to associate
professor with tenure in the Department of Cell Biology.
Friedlander (A.B., Bowdoin College; Ph.D., The University
of Chicago; M.D., S.U.N.Y.-Downstate Medical Center) has
been a member of TSRI since 1993. His laboratory is interested
in understanding the underlying mechanisms of angiogenesis
(the proliferation of new blood vessels) in the eye and
the abnormalities in this process that lead to retinal vascular
disease, a leading cause of blindness.
- Jiahuai Han, who was promoted to associate professor
with tenure in the Department of Immunology. Han (B.S.,
M.S., Beijing University; Ph.D., University of Brussels,
Belgium) joined TSRI in 1992. His research focuses on the
p38 MAP kinase signal transduction pathway, which plays
an important role in inflammation, cardiovascular dysfunction,
and renal disease.
- Wendy Havran, who was promoted to associate professor
with tenure in the Department of Immunology. Havran ( B.S.,
Duke University; Ph.D., University of Chicago) joined TSRI
in 1991. Her laboratory studies a unique subset of T lymphocytes,
called "gamma-delta" T cells. These reside in epithelial
tissues, which cover most of the internal and external surfaces
of the body, and express a tissue-specific, invariant antigen
receptor. Gamma-delta T cells are involved in tissue repair
as well as epithelial inflammatory diseases, such as asthma
and ulcerative colitis.
In additional faculty business at the Board meeting, the
trustees passed a resolution congratulating Kurt Wüthrich,
Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Visiting Professor of Structural
Biology at TSRI and member of TSRI's Skaggs Institute for
Chemical Biology, for winning the 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
The resolution notes, "Dr. Wüthrich's contributions to
the increase of scientific knowledge and to the benefit of
humankind are exemplary."
Martin Friedlander, associate professor
Jiahuai Han, associate professor with
Wendy Havran, associate professor with