The Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Electrical Engineering and Biological Studies
Gregory Timp represents the first joint appointment between the College of Engineering and the College of Science at Notre Dame, an indication not only of the interdisciplinary nature of his work, but of his unique journey as a path-breaking scholar. Timp is perhaps the only engineer in the nation to have carved an international reputation for himself in one field—nanoelectronics, first making his mark as a member of Bell Laboratories—and then to have achieved equal renown in an entirely new field (molecular biology).
Timp is now one of the leading nanobiotechnologists in the country, and his 2010 appointment to the Notre Dame faculty marked the launch of the University’s new program in synthetic biology. He is currently examining the nanometer-scale machinery in living cells: research that may one day lead to, among other breakthroughs, the cost-efficient sequencing of human genomes.
Among the most frequently cited scholars in the field of nanotechnology, Timp has published more than 100 articles in refereed journals and co-authored several books on the subject. He also holds a number of U.S. patents.
In 2006, Notre Dame Board Chairman Emeritus Donald Keough, his wife, Mickie, and their children endowed the Keough-Hesburgh Professorships, for the recruitment of preeminent scholars who demonstrate a deep and abiding commitment to Notre Dame’s Catholic mission. The chairs honor the friendship of Don Keough and Father Theodore Hesburgh, president emeritus.