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Jerome Schultz to Lead New Bioengineering Research Center

(December 16, 2003)

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Jerome Schultz

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- UC Riverside has appointed a senior scientist, Jerome Schultz, as Distinguished Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering and director of a new bioengineering center in the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering.

The center will build on the College's existing research thrusts in the fields that combine engineering with living tissue: biosensors, biodetoxification, bioremediation and bioreactors. The new center will respond to increasing student interest in bioengineering as a careeer, and complement Southern California's position as a center of U.S. bioindustry and research, according to Satish Tripathi, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering.

“We are especially pleased to be welcoming Professor Schultz at a time when UC Riverside is engaged in an initiative related to the health sciences,” said Tripathi. “Bioengineering is a critical piece of the college’s plan for the future.”

Schultz comes from the University of Pittsburgh, where as Chairman of the Bioengineering Department, he organized and served as Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Bioengineering. He also developed a graduate bioengineering degree, offered jointly by the University's medical school and engineering school.

From 2001-2002, he took a leave from University of Pittsburgh to assist NASA-AMES Research Center in developing a strategic plan to intergate biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technology. He has also worked at the National Science Foundation as a Deputy Director, at University of Maryland where he developed programs and a facilty for a cooperative venture for a government/university research center in biotechnology, and at University of Michigan where he reorganized the Chemical Engineering Department to become one of the leading research groups in the country. He began his career as a Research and Development Engineer at Lederle Laboratories.

Dr. Schultz is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and a founding Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Schultz received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering at Columbia University, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin. His research interests include biosensors, the culture of hematopoietic cells, facilitated diffusion in membranes, restricted diffusion in membranes, transport processes in tissues, pharmacokinetics and immobilized enzymes. His career achievements have been recognized by several organizations, including the National Institute of Health and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

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