Former faculty member James Zull passes away; memorial service planned

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James Zull, a former professor of biology at Case Western Reserve University, passed away Oct. 27. 

Zull, a professor of biology and biochemistry, began his teaching career in Cleveland in 1966 as an assistant professor of chemistry at the Case Institute of Technology. A few years later, he joined the biology department at Western Reserve University as a biochemistry professor.

Zull served on the faculty for 48 years before his retirement in 2014. At Case Western Reserve, Zull chaired the committee that founded the College of Arts and Sciences. He also founded and directed the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education and helped develop the College of Arts and Sciences.

As a researcher, Zull led a biochemistry lab where, for 25 years, he and his team worked on cell-cell communication, protein folding, cell membranes, and biosensors. With the opening of UCITE, his work shifted to better understand how brain research can inform teaching. Read about his career in a 5 questions prior to his retirement.

A service will be held for Zull Thursday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. at Amasa Stone Chapel.

Read Zull’s obituary.