The Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has named Collin M. Stultz, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Assistant Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, to receive the 2007 Jonathan Allen Junior Faculty Award. The Allen Award recognizes Professor Stultz’s achievements in the field of computational biophysics and provides support for his research initiatives. Professor Stultz is the first recipient of the award.
Professor Stultz leads the RLE Computational Biophysics Group, which is focused on understanding conformational changes in biomolecules that play an important role in common human diseases. The group uses an interdisciplinary approach that combines computational modeling with biochemical experiments to make connections between conformational changes in macromolecules and disease progression.
Professor Stultz received the AB from Harvard College in 1988, and the MD from Harvard Medical School as well as a PhD in Biophysics from Harvard in 1997. An alumnus of the Harvard-MIT program in Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Professor Stultz is on the faculty of both HST and MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. 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.
Jeffrey H. Shapiro, Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering and RLE Director, said, “Professor Stultz is part of the vanguard of researchers who are both physicians and engineers. He is using the interdisciplinary approaches that this makes possible to unlock fundamental questions about human biology and to apply that new understanding to important issues related to health and disease. I am delighted that the Allen Award can provide additional support at an especially exciting point in Professor’s Stultz’s MIT faculty career.”
The award is named in honor of Jonathan Allen, Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Professor Allen was the sixth Director RLE, and served in that capacity until his death in 2000.