Chair in Biology: Dr. Roos
Dean Samuel H. Preston has also announced that Dr. David S. Roos,
director of the Genomics Institute, has been appointed to the Merriam
Professorship in Biology, an endowed chair. Dr. Roos has been a
member of the biology faculty since 1989. He is also affiliated
with the schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Engineering
and Applied Sciences. Dr. Roos received an A.B. from Harvard University
in 1979, a Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University in 1984, and conducted
post-doctoral research at Stanford University prior to joining the
Roos research employs modern techniques in cell biology and
molecular genetics to investigate host-pathogen interactions. In
particular, the Roos laboratory studies protozoan parasites, including
Toxoplasma--a leading cause of death in AIDS patients and a source
of congenital neurological abnormalities--and Plasmodium, which
causes malaria, one of the worlds leading killers. Recent
work has focused on the use of computational approaches to integrate
large-scale genomic data sets with experimental analysis in the
Roos also has been actively engaged in educational activities at
Penn, including development of the Introductory Biology curriculum,
the Computational Biology Training Program, the Biotechnology Masters
Program, and a new Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational
Roos has published extensively and lectures widely, both in this
country and throughout the world. He is a member of several editorial
boards, scientific review panels, and professional societies, and
serves as a regular advisor to the pharmaceutical industry and many
international groups, including the World Health Organization. He
is the recipient of numerous research grants and has received awards
from the National Science Foundation (Presidential Young Investigator),
the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (Scholar Award), and the National Institutes
of Health (Merit Award).
Merriam Chair in Biology was created in 2000 through the bequest
of the late John W. Merriam. Born in Chicago in 1907, Mr. Merriam
received his bachelors and masters degrees from the
Wharton School and taught economics at Penn in 1934. He began his
entrepreneurial career during the Depression when he developed his
first apartment complex and later became one of the Delaware Valleys
leading real estate developers. Mr. Merriam was also very active
in the Philadelphia arts community and served as director of the
Philadelphia College for the Performing Arts and the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts.
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 5, September 25, 2001
September 25, 2001
Volume 48 Number 5
School of Arts and Sciences names two faculty members to endowed
chairs, Dr. Michael Katz from history
and Dr. David Roos from biology
the aftermath of the attacks, while the community has pondered
and prayed, donated and discussed, consoled and counseled, hoped
and helped, Penn websites have been created or expanded to provide
immediate resources and up-to-date information.
Penn Humanities Forum kicks off today
with a lecture on Time.
A-3 Assembly and PPSA join together to present an Employee
Resource Fair this Friday in Perelman Quad.
Brotherly Love gathers funds and goods for the victims of
the recent tragedies.
Trustees meet after a week's postponement
and conclude their meeting with a moment of silence.
light of the current crisis, the Military
Leave Guidelines for faculty and staff as well as those
for students are outlined.
University Museum opens a new exhibit on Modern
Mongolia with special events that coincide with Penn