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David B. Schauer personal archives

Identifier: MC-0684

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the professional activities of David Schauer between the years of circa 1980 to 2009.

Materials include: correspondence, notes, grants, research files, laboratory notebooks, and teaching materials.


  • circa 1980s through 2009


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This collection is open.

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Biographical Note

David Schauer, 1961-2009, was a professor of Biological Engineering and Comparative Medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) specializing in the development of bacterial diseases, especially gastrointestinal inflammation and infection. (1) He received his BS in zoology from the University of North Carolina in 1983. (2) Schauer attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University graduating in 1987 before pursuing his doctorate in microbiology and immunology from Stanford Medical School in 1993.

He was recruited to MIT as an assistant professor for a joint position to the Division of Comparative Medicine and Division of Toxicology in 1993. Schauer transferred to the Department of Biological Engineering in 1998 and was promoted to associate professor in the Division of Bioengineering and Environmental Health in 1999. (3)

He received tenure at MIT and accepted an adjunct associate professorship at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. (4) In 2003 Schauer became the director of the Environmental Systems and Health Research Core. (5) In 2005 he was promoted to full professor at MIT. (6) In addition to his teaching, Shauer was active in student interaction. He represented MIT at the Society of the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science meetings for multiple years, working to recruit under-represented minority students. (7) Schauer was the chairman of the MIT Undergraduate Curriculum Committee in 2007, working with other faculty and students to make the institute as educational and equitable as possible. The same year he founded an interdepartmental program between the Biological Engineering and Biology departments to focus on microbiology. (8) Schauer was also involved in larger scale projects as an advisor for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for multiple years. (9)

1. MIT News. “MIT Community Mourns Loss of Professor David Schauer, 48.” Accessed May 7, 2020.

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of the President. “In Special Recognition, Reports to the President 2007-2008,” Accessed May 7, 2020.

3. Whitaker College, MIT Reports to the President 1998-1999, Accessed May 7, 2020.

4. Whitaker College, MIT Reports to the President 1999-2000, Accessed May 7, 2020.

5. Whitaker College, MIT Reports to the President 2003-2004, Accessed May 7, 2020.

6. Whitaker College, MIT Reports to the President 2004-2005, Accessed May 7, 2020.

7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of the President. “Department of Toxicology, Reports to the President 1996-1997,” Accessed May 7, 2020.

8. MIT Faculty Newsletter. “Memorial Resolution for David B. Schauer,” Accessed May 7, 2020.

9. Whitaker College, MIT Reports to the President 2007-2008, Accessed May 7, 2020.


19.5 Cubic Feet (19 record cartons, 1 three-ring binder, 1 flat oversize photo-print box)

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Revision Statements

  • 2020 May: Biographical note by Ashlynn August added.
  • 2021 September 15: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

Repository Details

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