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MIT Professor Named
Research Leader of the Year

Angela M. Belcher, professor of materials science and biological engineering, was named Research Leader of the Year by Scientific American in its annual “Scientific American 50,” the magazine’s annual compilation of individuals, teams, companies, and other organizations demonstrating leadaership in the advancement of technology.

Belcher was recognized for her research involving the “living virus called M13 to construct metal nano-components that may be eventually incorporated into commercial devices,” according to the magazine. Belcher said that her work uses biology as a tool for synthesis to produce materials in a sustainable way. Having a DNA sequence to code the synthesis of materials would be ideal because it would lead to efficient production as well, she added.

Belcher said that she was “very surprised, very excited” about receiving the honor. “I do what I love most. [It’s] great to know other are excited about what we do,” she said. “My postdocs, group make it all happen.”

Four other MIT researchers appeared on the list. They are Professors Richard A. Young and Susan L. Lindquist of the Department of Biology and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, ranked 22nd and 23rd on the list, respectively, and Elizabeth Goldring, a senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, ranked 45th on the list. Young shares 22nd place with Laurie A. Boyer, a postdoctoral scientist at the Whitehead.

—Joyce Kwan