Category Archives: Faculty Recruitment

Geneticist Joe Gleeson joins faculty as professor

Joseph Gleeson, a neurogeneticist who uses genetic sequencing to identify the causes of pediatric brain disease across its spectrum, including epilepsy, autism, intellectual disability and structural disorders, has joined Rockefeller as a professor and established the Laboratory of Pediatric Brain Diseases. Dr. Gleeson, formerly a professor at the University of California, San Diego, is one of two mid-career scientists who joined the university this summer (the other, Jue Chen, was featured in the June 13 issue of BenchMarks).

Structural biologist, focused on cell transport machinery, to join faculty

Jue Chen, a structural biologist whose research focuses on transporter proteins that act as the cell’s pumping machinery, will join Rockefeller as professor and head of laboratory in July. Dr. Chen, currently a tenured professor of biology at Purdue University in Indiana, is especially interested in the role of transporter proteins in health and disease.

New faculty member studies ribosome structure

Sebastian Klinge, named to Rockefeller’s faculty in June as its newest tenure-track member, is a biochemist and structural biologist interested in understanding the ribosome, the cell’s protein factory. Dr. Klinge’s laboratory, the Laboratory of Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, opened on September 15. Dr. Klinge is the first junior faculty member to be recruited under the university’s nine-year strategic plan approved in 2012, and the first faculty member of any rank to join the university since Vanessa Ruta opened her laboratory in 2011.

Neuroscientist Mary Hynes named research associate professor

Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s arrival at Rockefeller means the addition of not one, but two active neuroscience research programs to campus. This summer, Mary Hynes — Dr. Tessier-Lavigne’s wife and a well regarded neuroscientist in her own right — will relocate from Stanford. As research associate professor, she will investigate the development of the key cells targeted by Parkinson’s disease: dopaminergic neurons.

Alumna Agata Smogorzewska named to faculty


Agata SmogorzewskaAgata Smogorzewska, a physician-scientist whose research focuses on DNA repair and on the molecular basis of Fanconi anemia, a genomic instability syndrome that leads to leukemia and other forms of cancer, is Rockefeller University’s newest faculty recruit. The 2002 Rockefeller alumna, who studied under Leon Hess Professor Titia de Lange, will join the university in July as assistant professor and head of the Laboratory of Genome Maintenance. More

Visual neuroscientist named to Rockefeller’s faculty

Winrich Freiwald uses imaging techniques to study visual processing


Winrich FreiwaldWith every glance, the human eye collects the equivalent of several hundred megapixels of data and passes it to the brain for processing. Understanding what happens next — how our brains organize this piecemeal information to let us perceive entire objects — is the life’s work of Rockefeller University’s newest faculty member, Winrich Freiwald. A cognitive neuroscientist who uses imaging techniques to study the parts of the brain responsible for visual processing, Dr. Freiwald has been named assistant professor and head of the Laboratory of Neural Systems. He will come to the university next winter following a short sabbatical at the California Institute of Technology. More

New faculty member studies cancer metastasis


TavazoiSohail Tavazoie, a physician-scientist whose research focuses on the molecular basis of cancer metastasis, has been named assistant professor and will join Rockefeller University as head of the Laboratory of Systems Cancer Biology in January 2009.

Dr. Tavazoie, a native of Tehran, Iran, first developed an interest in science research in high school, when he took a Howard Hughes Medical Institute-sponsored summer course on bacterial genetics at the University of Utah. He considered a career in clinical medicine but found himself drawn to the lab even as he trained as a physician. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and his M.D. from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, both in 2003. Following his internship and residency, in internal medicine, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he joined Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he has been a postdoc since 2006, in the laboratory of Joan Massagué. More

Clinical immunologist to join Rockefeller University


CasanovaIn September, pediatrician and immunologist Jean-Laurent Casanova will join the Rockefeller University faculty as professor of medicine and head of the Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases. The appointment of Dr. Casanova, who comes to Rockefeller from Hospital Necker for Sick Children in Paris, was approved by university trustees in June.

Dr. Casanova studies genetic mutations that predispose individuals to specific pathogens, and his findings have both challenged and brought together divergent theories in the field of immunology. With this unified conceptual framework, Dr. Casanova has provided experimental evidence for a new perspective of why some children get sick during the course of infection while others exposed to the same pathogen do not — work that has paved the way for the development of treatments. More