Three COBRE faculty researchers were among The University of Kansas staff for whom Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little approved promotion and the award of tenure this spring.
P. Scott Hefty has been promoted to associate professor of molecular biosciences. Hefty received a bachelor’s of science in microbiology at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK in 1994. He earned a master’s (1998) and Ph.D. (2001) in microbiology and immunology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He conducted a postdoctoral at the University of California, Berkeley, CA from 2002-2006 with a focus on pathogenesis and gene regulation of Chlamydia. He joined the staff at KU in 2006. During his career at KU Hefty has been honored with the 2010 J. Michael Young Outstanding Academic Advisor Award and the 2011 Robert S. Weaver Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentor in Biological Sciences. Hefty has been a member of the COBRE-PSF since 2008.
Liang Tang has been promoted to associate professor of molecular biosciences this spring. Tang received a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and Biotechnology in 1993 at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He earned a Ph.D. in Protein Crystallography at the Institute of Biophysics, Beijing, China in 1998. He then moved to The Scripps Research Institute at La Jolla, CA to hold a postdoctoral research position (1998-2005) with a focus on virus crystallography and electron microscopy. Tang came to The University of Kansas Department of Molecular Biosciences in 2006. He has been invited to give lectures at numerous institutions, including Oklahoma State University and the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and national and international conferences. Tang's membership in the COBRE-PSF began in 2008.
Xue-Wen Chen has been promoted to professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences. Chen received a B.S. in Physics (1986) and a masters in Opto-electronics (1992), both from Sichuan University at Chengdu, China. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA in 2001.
He joined the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Kansas as an Assistant Professor with an emphasis in Bioinformatics in August 2003. Chen received a NSF CAREER Award in 2007, plus the 2007 Miller Professional Development Award for Distinguished Research and the 2008 Miller Professional Development Award for Distinguished Service, both from the KU School of Engineering. Chen's affiliation with the COBRE-PSF began in 2004.