Kathleen G. Morgan, a professor of physiology in medicine at Harvard Medical School's cardiovascular division at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, has been named the new director of the Boston Biomedical Research Institute (BBRI), effective Jan. 1, 1995.

BBRI is an independent, nonprofit institute whose mission is to learn more about the natural world through basic biological research. The 25-year-old organization has about 20 principal investigators, funded by competitive grants from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies and organizations. The staff includes senior scientists Chih-Lueh A. Wang, working on a $6 million NIH program project grant to study smooth muscle regulation, and Sherwin S. Lehrer, who has a $1.5 million NIH research grant to investigate muscle biochemistry. In addition, there is a support staff of technicians, postdoctoral fellows, and students.

BBRI "is one of the best-kept secrets in Boston," says Morgan, adding that her priority as director will...

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