Christopher Walsh ’65, Renowned Biochemist and Harvard Medical School Professor, Dies at 78

Christopher Walsh ’65, a renowned biochemist and Harvard Medical School professor, died on Jan. 10 at the age of 78. Throughout his career, Walsh made significant contributions in the areas of enzyme function, metabolic pathways, and antibiotic biosynthesis.

Professor of Chemical Biology Explores Quantum Topological Materials

Harvard Assistant Professor of Chemical Biology Suyang Xu is working towards expanding the application of topological materials — new materials in the quantum field with the potential to significantly improve our ways of saving information.

Following Charles Lieber’s Conviction, ‘Shock’ and Sadness Linger Among His Harvard Colleagues

Following Chemistry professor Charles M. Lieber’s conviction last month, Harvard scientists say they are “shocked” and “saddened” about the prolific research chemist's fall from grace — and apprehensive about the future of international scientific collaboration.

Judges Skeptical as Lieber Reiterates Harvard Should Pay His Legal Fees in Appeal Hearing

Justices on the Supreme Judicial Court appeared skeptical Wednesday as lawyers for former Harvard Chemistry chair Charles M. Lieber — who is preparing for trial on federal criminal charges — argued on appeal that Harvard should be obligated to pay for his legal defense.

Harvard Chemists Use Dyes as a New Data Storage Method

Harvard chemists developed a new data storage method using fluorescent dyes that may be much more durable and cost-efficient than traditional storage methods.

Harvard Researchers Reprogram Botox for Therapeutic Use for the First Time

Harvard researchers have evolved botulinum neurotoxins — commonly known as botox — to selectively target different proteins for the first time, presenting new opportunities for the potential treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions.

Ten Stories That Shaped 2020

The past twelve months were a year like no other for Harvard and the world. Under the backdrop of a once-in-a-century pandemic, students took classes from all over the globe, while pushing for social change at the University and on the political stage. Here, The Crimson reviews ten stories that defined 2020 at Harvard.

Chemistry Chair Arrested on Federal Charges

Harvard Chemistry chair Charles M. Lieber — a University Professor renowned for his contributions to nanotechnology — was charged in federal court in January for failing to disclose funding from the Chinese government.

Former Chemistry Chair's Defense Could Tie Federal Charges to DOJ China Initiative, Experts Say

Legal experts say recent court filings indicate University Professor Charles M. Lieber — charged with lying to federal officials investigating his funding sources and ties to China — may try to convince jurors that Lieber was swept up in the Trump administration’s broader anti-China campaign.

Harvard Files Opposition in Chemistry Prof. Lieber Indemnification Suit

Harvard filed an opposition Thursday in response to Chemistry professor Charles M. Lieber’s lawsuit alleging Harvard is contractually obligated to pay for his legal defense against federal fraud charges.

Emily Balskus Becomes First Female Harvard Scientist to Win Waterman Award

The Waterman Award recognizes researchers under age 40 “who demonstrate exceptional individual achievements in scientific or engineering research in NSF-supported fields,” according to the NSF. Awardees each receive 1 million dollars to support research in their field.

Harvard Scientists Illuminate Light’s Surprising Impact on Ultra-Cold Chemistry

Harvard researchers uncovered the surprising role of light in ultra-cold chemical reactions, according to an article published last month in the scientific journal Nature Physics.

Former Chemistry Chair Lieber Indicted on Four Additional Felonies for Tax Offenses

Federal authorities charged former Harvard Chemistry chair Charles M. Lieber in a superseding indictment with tax offenses for failing to report income he received from Wuhan University of Technology, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

Former Harvard Chemistry Chair Lieber Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Charges

Former Harvard Chemistry department chair Charles M. Lieber pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he lied to federal investigators about research funding he received from China.

Charles Lieber

Charles M. Lieber, Harvard's Chemistry department chair, was recently charged by the federal government for allegedly failing to disclose funding from the Chinese government.

Mallinckrodt Laboratory

Chemistry professors Theodore A. Betley and Daniel Kahne currently serve as interim co-chairs of the Chemistry department, located in the Edward Mallinckrodt Chemical Laboratory.

Senator Marco Rubio Urges Small Business Administration to Re-Examine Grant Policies in Wake of Lieber Arrest

In the wake of Harvard Chemistry department chair Charles M. Lieber’s arrest, United States Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) urged the U.S. Small Business Association in February to ensure recipients of its grant programs do not have connections to governments such as China.

Post-Lieber Arrest, Bacow Says He Stands By Harvard’s Funding Disclosure Policies

In the wake of federal charges brought against Chemistry department chair Charles M. Lieber for failing to disclose funding from a Chinese university, University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview Monday that Harvard relies upon the “honesty and good faith” of its faculty to disclose external funding.

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