Flags at Washington University were lowered to half staff Monday to honor Melanie Michailidis, a post-doctoral fellow killed in a car accident Friday night in Ladue.
University officials have no information yet on a memoral service for the Islamic art expert.
Michailidis was the Korff Post-doctoral Fellow in Islamic Art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, in Arts & Sciences, at Washington University. She held a BA from the University of Tennessee, and an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, where she began her studies in Islamic Art.
In 2007, she earned a PhD in Islamic art and architecture from MIT, where she specialized in monumental funerary architecture in Iran and Central Asia of the 10th and 11th centuries. She had taught Islamic art and architecture previously at Carleton College, in Minnesota, and at the University of California, Davis.
Dr. Michailidis was in the second year of a three-year term in a fellowship shared with the St Louis Art Museum, where she was curating the Islamic collections in preparation for the reopening of the museum next summer.
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