Assistant Professor of Biology Tim van Opijnen will join the University full-time next month, following a six-year stint as a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine. He specializes in microbial systems biology, focusing on drug-gene interaction networks and the development of new anti-microbial drugs; the development of genome-wide sequencing strategies to link genotypes to phenotypes; and the engineering of bacteria with new traits and novel applications. His research has been published in numerous journals, including Genome Research, Nature Methods, and the Journal of Virology. Van Opijnen, who earned his PhD from the University of Amsterdam, writes columns and books about science for popular audiences in the Netherlands and is the founder and editor of the award-winning Dutch website Sciencepalooza.
Carroll School of Management Associate Professor of Management and Organization Mary Tripsas’ research and teaching focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and strategy. In particular, she has examined how new technology — including digital imaging, the evolution of the typesetter industry, eBooks, air taxis and musical innovation — has transformed industry and the impact of those changes on organizational identity. Prior to joining the Carroll School, Tripsas served as a faculty member at Harvard Business School and The Wharton School. Tripsas, who earned her doctorate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, was a strategy consultant with Monitor Group and worked for IBM before entering academia.
Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Seth Kruckenberg specializes in areas such as structural geology, tectonics, geochronology, and the textural and magnetic fabric analyses of soil and sediments. His field research has examined geological phenomenon in the US, Greece, Turkey and Antarctica. His most recent research has appeared in the journals Tectonics, Journal of Metamorphic Geology and the Journal of Structural Geology. Kruckenberg earned his PhD in geology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin, where he also served as a visiting instructor.