Klein named vice provost and associate dean for graduate education

Physician-scientist to lead Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences Read More

From the WashU Newsroom

Robyn S. Klein, MD, PhD, a physician-scientist recognized internationally for her work on the brain’s immune system, has been named vice provost and associate dean for graduate education for the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) at Washington University in St. Louis. She will begin her new post Jan. 1.

“The Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences is an integral part of the university’s collaborative research and education enterprise,” said Provost Holden Thorp. “We are exceptionally fortunate to have such an accomplished scientist and leader as Robyn Klein to step into the role of vice provost and associate dean. Under her direction, the division will undoubtedly further its success in bringing together faculty and graduate students across disciplines to seek solutions to today’s most critical challenges in biomedical research. I look forward to working with her in her new role.”

Klein succeeds John H. Russell, who is retiring but will retain an appointment in developmental biology. He plans to focus on revitalizing the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Widely emulated for its interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to training PhD scientists, DBBS crosses both the Danforth and Medical campuses. It brings together about 525 faculty members from 37 departments in the School of Medicine, Arts & Sciences, and the School of Engineering & Applied Science who teach and mentor some 500 graduate students, making it the largest PhD program at the university.

As associate dean, Klein will set the direction of graduate education at DBBS. She also will be the first associate dean of graduate education to hold the title of vice provost, a change in governance that recognizes the status of DBBS as a universitywide academic endeavor. Klein intends to build on the division’s strength in training young scientists, and to prepare students for scientific careers that are interdisciplinary and extend beyond academic domains.

“We have a fantastic graduate program, and our faculty provide first-rate scientific training,” said Klein, a professor of medicine, of neuroscience, and of pathology and immunology. “We have to provide the best training and experience for our graduate students so they will be prepared for top positions, whether they go into academia, industry, science policy, scientific publishing or any other field.”

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Posted on July 25, 2017
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