Bloomberg Distinguished Professorships
Bloomberg Distinguished Professorships (BDPs) were established as part of a $350 million investment by Michael Bloomberg, JHU Class of 1964, to Johns Hopkins University in 2013. Fifty faculty members, ten from Johns Hopkins University and forty recruited from institutions worldwide, will be chosen for these endowed professorships based on their research, teaching, service, and leadership records. The program is directed and managed by Johns Hopkins University Vice Provost for Research, Dr. Denis Wirtz.
The BDPs will create interdisciplinary connections and collaborations across Johns Hopkins University, train and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and strengthen the university's leadership in research fields of international interest. Each of the BDPs will be appointed in at least two divisions or disciplines.
The first cohort of scholars in 2014 included two Nobel Laureates, Peter Agre and Carol W. Greider, and poverty researcher, Kathryn Edin. Sociologist Stephen Morgan, neuroscientist Patricia Janak, and organization theorist Kathleen Sutcliffe, were announced as the second group of BDPs in June 2014. In March 2015, it was announced that biomedical informatics expert Christopher G. Chute of the Mayo Clinic and infectious disease specialist Arturo Casadevall of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine would be joining Johns Hopkins University as BDPs. Two internally selected professors were also named BDPs: big data scientist Alex Szalay and computational biologist Steven Salzberg. In July 2015, four new Bloomberg Distinguished Professors were named across five divisions of Johns Hopkins University: global food ethicist and nutritionist Jessica Fanzo, biophysicist Taekjip Ha, cell dynamics investigator Rong Li, and computer vision specialist Alan Yuille.
In October 2015, Paul Ferraro, an environmental economist was announced as a BDP and in November, it was announced that noted statistician Nilanjan Chatterjee would be joining Johns Hopkins as a BDP from the National Cancer Institute. Experimental astrophysicist and cosmologist Charles L. Bennett and epigeneticist Andrew Feinberg were named BDPs in December 2015. In February 2016, it was announced that diabetes and obesity expert Rexford Ahima of the University of Pennsylvania was joining Johns Hopkins as a BDP and in April 2016 Mauro Maggioni of Duke University announced that he was joining Johns Hopkins as a BDP. In May 2016, it was announced that computational biologist Michael Schatz of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory was named the 21st Bloomberg Professor at Johns Hopkins. Nobel Laureate in Physics Adam Riess, expert on chromatin biology and biochemistry Carl Wu, and neuroscientist Ulrich Mueller were announced as BDPs in summer 2016. In December 2016, heath equity expert was named the 25th BDP, marking the halfway point of the program.
Bloomberg Distinguished Professors
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|Professor||Research Area||Installation Year|
|Peter Agre||Earned the Nobel Prize for his discovery of aquaporins; extended his studies of aquaporins and aquaglyceroporins to malaria research||2014|
|Rexford S. Ahima||Known for uncovering connections between diabetes and obesity through studies of the physiological mechanisms of obesity; applies this basic and translational research to the clinic; board certifications in internal medicine and in endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism||2016|
|Charles L. Bennett||Experimental astrophysics and cosmology; designs and builds novel instruments to observe the cosmic microwave background; deputy principal investigator for the Differential Microwave Radiometer on the NASA Cosmic Background Explorer and principal investigator for the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe space missions||2015|
|Arturo Casadevall||How microbes cause disease and how hosts protect themselves against microbes; Microbiology; Immunology; Infectious diseases; founded mBio, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Society for Microbiology||2015|
|Nilanjan Chatterjee||Research in quantitative genetics, cancer research, big data, statistical methodology, genomics, gene-environment interaction, genetic association and genome-wide association studies||2015|
|Christopher G. Chute||Medical concept representation, Controlled vocabulary, Biomedical Informatics, and Medical decision making||2015|
|Lisa Cooper||Patient-centered interventions for improving health outcomes and overcoming racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare;Health equity; Social determinants of health in poverty; Social determinants of health; Patient-centered outcomes||2016|
|Jessica Fanzo||Global good ethics; food security; agricultural policy and nutrition policy; international nutrition and development||2015|
|Andrew Feinberg||Founder of the field of cancer epigenetics; discovered epigenetic alterations in human cancer with Bert Vogelstein; expanded the understanding of DNA methylation and other epigenetic changes and applied this research to epidemiology and medicine; studies the epigenetic effects of spaceflight as a principal investigator on NASA's Twins Study||2015|
|Paul Ferraro||Environmental and social impacts of public and private programs; Environmental and Resource Economics; Evaluation; Environmental Policy;||2015|
|Carol W. Greider||Earned the Nobel Prize for her discovery of telomerase; studies clinical applications of telomerase to combat diseases such as cancer and dyskeratosis||2014|
|Taekjip Ha||Biophysics; computational biology; single-molecule biology and intracellular imaging||2015|
|Richard L. Huganir||Research on Synapse, the connections between nerve cells, in the brain; studies molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate Neurotransmitter receptors; discovered SYNGAP1, a protein critical to the development of cognition and proper synapse function||2018|
|Lawrence P. Jackson||For work as an author and historian on modern African-American history and culture||2017|
|Patricia Janak||Biological basis of behavior and associative learning, with a particular focus on addiction||2014|
|Yannís G. Kevrekidis||Mathematical modeling of complex/multiscale systems and machine learning, with applications to chemical/biological reaction dynamics, transport, and pattern formation.||2017|
|Rong Li||Cell dynamics; cellular systems; biochemistry; mathematical modeling; proteomics||2015|
|Mauro Maggioni||Mathematical techniques for analyzing, modeling, and extracting information from large data sets that lead to smarter machine learning algorithms and scientific discoveries; harmonic analysis; signal processing||2016|
|Stephen L. Morgan||Predictors of student achievement; improving the study of causal relationships||2014|
|Ulrich Mueller||Studies of the molecular workings behind Auditory impairment; Hearing loss; Development of Neocortical circuits||2016|
|Adam Riess||Observational cosmologist working on the measurement of the expansion of the universe; shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul Perlmutter and Brian P. Schmidt for discovering that the expansion rate of the universe is accelerating||2016|
|Kathleen M. Sutcliffe||Organizations and group decision making, with a special focus on reliability and safety, especially in health care||2014|
|Steven Salzberg||Develops new computational methods and applied software for analyzing DNA and RNA, with implications in medicine and biological science; gene finding algorithms and genome assembly research; bioinformatics||2015|
|Michael Schatz||Develops algorithms for comparative genomics, human genetics, and personalized medicine; bioinformatics||2016|
|Sabine Stanley||Studies the interior of planets via understanding of planetary magnetic fields||2017|
|Alex Szalay||Application of big data research to astronomy, astrophysics, and medicine, including radiation oncology and high throughput genomics; key contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey||2015|
|Carl Wu||Research uniting classical Biochemistry with contemporary Genomics, Proteomics, and In vivo and In vitro imaging of single biomolecules to characterize the molecular behaviors of Chromatin machineries||2016|
|Alan Yuille||Machine vision research; computer vision systems; modeling of the human visual system; artificial intelligence; mathematical modeling of vision and cognition||2015|
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