July 18, 2011
Kathryn Hobgood Ray
Anne Robinson, leading researcher in biochemical engineering, has been named chair of department at Tulane UniversityVIEW FULL-SIZE PHOTO
Anne Skaja Robinson, a leading researcher in the field of biochemical engineering, has been named chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane University. Robinson will leave the University of Delaware to join the Tulane faculty in Spring 2012. She will also serve as the Catherine and Henry Boh Professor of Engineering at Tulane, an endowed position.
"Dr. Robinson has established herself as a nationally recognized scholar and has a proven record of administration as associate chair and graduate director in an outstanding program,” said Nick Altiero, Dean of the School of Science and Engineering. “This is a major addition to our faculty and I am very much looking forward to her joining the School of Science and Engineering's leadership team."
Robinson’s research focuses on understanding the fundamental interactions between molecules in isolation and within cells, with a biomedical application. One focus is on those interactions in brain cells, which could have ramifications for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. She is the author of over 55 publications in the field of biochemical engineering. She holds several patents, and is co-author of the textbook, Mass and Heat Transfer.
Robinson earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and a doctoral degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After conducting postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she joined the faculty at Delaware, where she’s been for 14 years. Robinson has received numerous teaching and research awards, including the DuPont Young Professor Award and a National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering.
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