New Bloomberg Professors Named

By kvitare1@johnshopkins.edu

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Since the start of 2016, six new Bloomberg Distinguished Professors have been named, five of whom are affiliated with the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Mauro Maggioni was named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Data Intensive Computation in the Krieger School’s Department of Mathematics and in the Whiting School of Engineering’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. With a strong foundation in harmonic analysis and signal processing, his research is focused on the analysis of high-dimensional data, graphs, and networks. Specifically, he is developing algorithms that analyze and exploit the geometry of big data in order to train machines to learn and predict patterns in data.

Ulrich Mueller, an internationally recognized expert on hearing loss and brain development, holds a joint appointment in the Krieger School’s Department of Biology and the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience at the School of Medicine. Mueller most recently guided the neuroscience program at the Scripps Research Institute in California. In his lab at Hopkins, he will continue his studies of the molecular workings behind auditory impairment—a line of research that aims to move beyond the traditional solutions of hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Adam Riess, currently the Thomas J. Barber Professor in Space Studies in the Krieger School’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, will be jointly appointed in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Krieger. A recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics, Riess is an internationally renowned observational cosmologist working on the measurement of the expansion of the universe. Riess uses numerous astronomical phenomena to map the universe in order to understand its expansion.

Michael Schatz is one of the world’s foremost experts in solving computational problems in genomics research. He is an associate professor of computer science and biology, with appointments in the Department of Biology at the Krieger School and in the Department of Computer Science at the Whiting School of Engineering. Schatz has created many of the most widely used methods and software for genome assembly—that is, piecing together all of the genetic material for a single person or a species. His work has led to a better understanding of the structure and function of genomes, especially those of medical or agricultural importance.

Carl Wu, an expert on chromatin biology and biochemistry, has joint appointments in the Department of Biology at the Krieger School and in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics in the Hopkins School of Medicine. Wu says his lab at Hopkins will “unite classical biochemistry with contemporary genomics, proteomics, and in vivo and vitro imaging of single biomolecules to characterize the molecular behaviors of chromatin machineries,” with the end goal of learning more about the complex systems of chromatin dysfunction in cancer and other human diseases.