New Bloomberg Professors Named

By mrandal5@johnshopkins.edu

photo of Filipe CampanteFilipe Campante, a renowned scholar of international political economics, joins Johns Hopkins as the 37th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor. He is based at the School of Advanced International Studies with a joint appointment at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Campante studies the complexities of political economy and governance within cities. Before coming to Hopkins, he spent 11 years at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Campante is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His work has appeared in leading academic journals such as the American Economic Review and The Quarterly Journal of Economics, among others.

Campante holds both a master’s degree and a PhD from Harvard, a master’s degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and a bachelor’s degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, all in economics.

photo of Nilabh ShastriNilabh Shastri, a leading immunologist, has become a pioneer in finding innovative ways to identify antigens that uniquely mark certain viruses, microbes, tissues, and diseases—including cancer. He is the 38th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and will work within the Department of Pathology at the School of Medicine and the Department of Biology at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Shastri joins Johns Hopkins after more than 30 years at the University of California, Berkeley, where he headed the Division of Immunology and Pathogenesis.

He was born and raised in India, in the Himalayan valley of Degradun. He studied chemistry at Panjab University for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, then focused on biochemistry for his doctoral studies at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.

Shastri moved to the United States to take postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA and Caltech before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley in 1987. He has also held visiting professorships at Yale University and University of Oxford.

Shastri has become recognized as a leader in the area of immune surveillance, exploring the molecular mechanisms behind T-cell activation.

Shastri’s research could lead to a wide range of clinical applications such as the treatment of autoimmune disorders and the development of vaccines, and possibly holds implications for cancer immunotherapy.

photo of Daeyeol LeeDaeyeol Lee, widely considered the father of a niche field called neuroeconomics, will join Johns Hopkins this summer as the 41st Bloomberg Distinguished Professor. He will work primarily within the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute and will also teach neuroscience courses at the Krieger School and the School of Medicine.

Lee, who is arriving after 12 years at Yale University, began his higher education in South Korea in economics. Some 20 years later, he was known as one of the world’s leading neuroscientists. Throughout his career, Lee has found ways to blend principles of both disciplines—and others—to investigate the brain’s ability to make decisions.

The field of neuroeconomics has blossomed in the past 15 years. It integrates not only the two disciplines it’s named for, but also borrows tools from artificial intelligence, psychology, and other areas.

Lee received his bachelor’s degree in economics at Seoul National University before he switched to the sciences and relocated to the U.S. in 1989. He received his master’s in biology and his doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He held faculty positions at Wake Forest University and the University of Rochester before joining Yale in 2006.

In the world of neuroscience, Lee is known for his groundbreaking experiments investigating the neural mechanisms that underlie decision-making, focusing on two areas of the brain: the prefrontal cortex and the basal ganglia.