Message from the Chancellor

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Joanna Groden, as the Vice Chancellor for Research, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, effective September 16, 2018.

Currently, Dr. Groden serves as Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Cancer Biology & Genetics at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine. She completed her BA degree in Biology at Middlebury College, a PhD in Cell Biology and Genetics at the Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Human Genetics/Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Utah.

She joined The Ohio State University faculty in 2005 and served in various administrative roles in the College of Medicine, such as Associate Dean for Basic Science Research from 2007 to 2011, Associate Dean for Graduate Education from 2011 to 2013 and finally as Vice Dean for Research from 2013 to 2017. She currently serves as the Co-Director of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, Director of the Pelotonia Fellowship Program and is the Education Program Leader for the OSU CTSA-supported Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. Prior to her tenure at OSU, she served on the Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine from 1993 to 2005 and, during her last two years there she was the College of Medicine Vice Dean for Research.

Dr. Groden is a human geneticist, who is internationally recognized for her research in identifying key genetic causes of colon cancer and other inherited cancers through the identification and characterization of two human disease genes. Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1994 and by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 1997 to 2004. Dr. Groden has served on several boards and advisory panels including the NCI Board of Scientific Counselors, and actively participates in the peer review process for AACR, NIH, DOD, and many other national and international funding agencies and scientific journals. With numerous publications and patents, Dr. Groden has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association.

I want to thank the members of the search committee and the co-chairs, Deans Peter Nelson and Wayne Giles, for their commitment and dedication to this important process. Dr. Groden will succeed Dr. Mitra Dutta, who has served as the Vice Chancellor for Research since 2012.  Under her leadership and strong promotion of our faculty’s research, UIC has been more visible today to Federal agencies and to members of Congress, and has been successful in keeping our research on an upward trend. Dr. Dutta has served with distinction for over 17 years as an administrator and we thank her for her many contributions.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Joanna to her new role at our University this fall.

Michael D. Amiridis

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