Dennis Choi, Blue Bell Resident and Merck Vice President, Appointed to New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Board of Overseers

NEWARK, October 18-- Dennis Choi, executive vice-president for neuroscience at Merck Research Labs, Merck & Co, Inc., Whitehouse Station, N.J., was recently appointed to New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) Board of Overseers.

The NJIT Board of Overseers is composed of senior executives, CEOs and entrepreneurs. Board members provide a broad range of advocacy for and support to NJIT, both corporate and personal. Beyond creating a connection between the university and the corporation, some overseers have demonstrated their personal commitment by creating scholarships to honor loved ones. These businessmen and women also serve as professional advisors, supplying expertise in a multitude of areas including marketing and strategic planning.

Choi, who lives in Blue Bell, Pa., received a medical degree, a doctorate as well as training in neurology from Harvard before joining the faculty at Stanford in 1983. In 1991, he went to St. Louis to be the Jones Professor and head of neurology at Washington University, neurologist-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and director of two research centers, the McDonnell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology and the Center for the Study of Nervous System Injury.

In 2001 he joined Merck Research Labs as executive vice-president for neuroscience. He is currently a member of the Institute of Medicine; the executive committee of the Dana Alliance for Brain Research; the research advisory committee of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation; and the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego. His past service included memberships on many editorial boards and advisory boards, president of the Society for Neuroscience, chairman of the U.S. National Committee to the International Brain Research Organization, and vice-president of the American Neurological Association. He has received several awards for his research on the mechanisms of brain or spinal cord injury.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

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