The Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announces that two MIT faculty have joined the Laboratory.
Professor Collin M. Stultz is Assistant Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He directs RLE’s new Computational Biophysics Group. Professor Stultz conducts research to understand conformational changes in macromolecules and the effect of structural transitions on common human diseases. His research group employs an interdisciplinary approach that utilizes techniques drawn from computational chemistry, signal processing, and basic biochemistry. Professor Stultz received the AB from Harvard College in 1988, and the MD from Harvard Medical School as well as the PhD in biophysics from MIT in 1997. He is a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Among his honors are being a recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in Biomedical Sciences and the James Tolbert Shipley Prize.
Professor Mehmet Fatih Yanik is Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. He directs RLE’s new Bio-imaging and Nano-manipulation Group. Professor Yanik is working towards development and applications of technologies for studying cellular processes. He has earned widespread acclaim for his pioneering work in dynamic photonic structures (“stopping light”) and laser nano-surgery. Professor Yanik’s group is studying nerve regeneration and degeneration by femtosecond laser nano-surgery and multi-photon imaging, as well as large scale screening techniques. Other problems the group investigates include single molecule dynamics in microfluidic devices, sub-diffraction limit imaging in live cells, and photonic nanostructures for bio-sensing, nano-manipulation and bio-spectroscopy purposes. Professor Yanik received the SB degrees in electrical engineering and physics from MIT in 1999. He then did graduate research in RLE’s Semiconductor Laser Group, receiving the MEng in electrical engineering and computer science in 2000. Dr. Yanik then pursued doctoral research at Stanford University, receiving the PhD in applied physics in 2006.
Said RLE Director Jeffrey H. Shapiro, Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering, “Professors Stultz and Yanik are representatives of a vanguard research thrust of RLE, in which multiple disciplines and technologies are being brought to bear on fundamental and applied problems in the life sciences. Their arrival in RLE both strengthens our efforts in these areas, and deepens the diversity and opportunities for collaborative scholarship and research.”