Leadership Transition

In October, 2011, Chris Kaiser announced that he would be stepping down as Head of the Department of Biology – a position he has held since 2004. A leader in cell biology, Kaiser joined the MIT faculty in 1991 and became a full professor in 2002. He received an A.B. in biochemistry from Harvard University in 1980 and a Ph.D. in biology from MIT in 1987.

Kaiser is co-author of a widely used textbook, Molecular Cell Biology (5th and 6th Editions). He has also organized Cold Spring Harbor scientific meetings, served on NIH review committees, and been associate editor of the journal Molecular Biology of the Cell, as well as a member of the editorial board for the journal Traffic.

His honors include a Markey scholarship (1990-1996), a Searle scholarship (1992-1996), the Whitehead Career Development professorship (1994-1997), and election as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow (2011). In 1999, he received MIT’s highest teaching honor for the introductory genetics course he taught from 1992 to 2011.

“Tania Baker is a distinguished biologist and an outstanding teacher who has already proven her dedication to the Biology Department as the Associate Department Head and to the Institute with her service on many committees”

On April 1, 2012, Tania Baker, the E.C. Whitehead Professor of Biology and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, succeeded Kaiser as Head of the Biology Department. Baker joined the MIT faculty in 1992. Her work has been recognized with numerous honors, including election as a member of the National Academy of Sciences, as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Baker’s commitment to teaching has earned her a Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, as well as a School of Science Teaching Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

“Tania Baker is a distinguished biologist and an outstanding teacher who has already proven her dedication to the Biology Department as the Associate Department Head and to the Institute with her service on many committees,” said School of Science Dean Marc Kastner.

“Professor Baker, like her predecessor Chris Kaiser, is a former MacVicar Faculty Fellow who will, I am sure, maintain the department’s standing as a premier educator of biologists and as a world-leading department in biological research. I am thrilled that she has agreed to take on the leadership of the department at a time when biology plays a bigger role than ever at the Institute.”
 

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