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SBU Faculty Member Ken A. Dill Named Distinguished Professor

May 30, 2012 - 4:30:00 PM

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Ken A. Dill, PhD
STONY BROOK, NY, May 30, 2012 – Ken A. Dill, PhD, faculty member with dual appointments in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Chemistry, is the Director of the Laufer Center for Physical & Quantitative Biology at Stony Brook University, has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees as recommended by campus colleagues and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. The rank of Distinguished Professor is the University’s highest faculty designation.

“I am humbled and honored by this recognition because of the extraordinary caliber of the faculty, students and leaders of Stony Brook University,” said Professor Dill. “I am excited by the opportunity to help create the Laufer Center and to advance the mission of the University.”

Dr. Dill joined Stony Brook in 2010 after serving as a Professor of Biophysics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and the Associate Dean of Research in the School of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco. He is known internationally for his pioneering work on the physical forces that give rise to the structures and properties of protein molecules. Dill explores problems of biological statistical physics, including protein folding, the properties of water, dynamics of small systems, and cell biophysics, which has advanced our understanding of chemistry and the physics of proteins.

“Ken Dill is an internationally recognized leader in quantitative biology,” said Dennis N. Assanis, Stony Brook University’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We are extremely fortunate to have attracted him from UC San Francisco to be the founding endowed chair of Stony Brook University’s Laufer Center. Ken’s research, which has had a profound influence on our understanding of the biological folding of proteins, has been recognized by his election to the fellowships of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Biophysical Society and the Institute of Physics,” he said. “I am delighted that his cutting-edge, translational research, coupled with his deep commitment to training the next generation of researchers, has earned Ken this much-deserved recognition.”

Dr. Dill has published more than 250 research articles, which have garnered more than 19,000 citations. He also has a stellar record in mentoring the next generation of scientists, having advised 22 PhD students and 37 postdoctoral fellows, the majority of whom now hold appointments in universities or biotech companies. He is also the first recipient of the Protein Society’s Hans Neurath Award supported by the Hans Neurath Foundation recognizing an individual who has made a recent contribution of unusual merit to basic research in the field of protein science.

Dr. Dill received an SB and SM in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a PhD in Biology from the University of California at San Diego. He served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University.


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