UT Southwestern Medical Center has announced that Geneticist and professor Dr. Andrew R. Zinn, of its Department of Internal Medicine and the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development, has been named the eighth dean of UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, effective August 1st.
“Dr. Zinn brings years of experience in discovery research, graduate and medical education, and administration to this position,” says Dr. David W. Russell, vice provost and dean of basic research, and professor of molecular genetics at UT Southwestern Medical Center in a release.
UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is ranked among the nation’s top 20 programs for biological research in 2011, the most recent year it was evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, and also ranked ninth for immunology, 10th for genetics & development/cancer biology, and 11th for biological chemistry/molecular biophysics. The school has nearly 650 students enrolled in one of its more than a dozen programs, working toward doctor of philosophy, master of science, or combined doctor of medicine-doctor of philosophy degrees for biomedical scientists, counselors, engineers, and communicators, and also offers postdoctoral training programs. UT Southwestern is also ranked in the top 25 institutions by the Scientist’s 2013 Best Places to Work Postdocs survey based in recognition of postdoctoral researchers as valued members of the scientific community.
“I look forward to this opportunity to provide leadership at the school, which offers a proud tradition of training some of the world’s top leaders in biomedical research,” comments Dr. Zinn.
A UT Southwestern alumnus, Dr. Zinn graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with highest honors from the Plan II honors program at UT Austin, and began his research career there working in protein synthesis before earning his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from UT Southwestern. He was inducted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society as a medical school student, and also received the 1988 Nominata Award, the highest honor bestowed on a student by the graduate school.
Dr. Zinn completed internships and residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and postdoctoral training in human and mouse genetics as a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
After returning to UT Southwestern in 1993 as an independent postdoctoral fellow in the Program for Excellence in Postgraduate Research, Dr. Zinn joined the faculty in 1996, and has earned an international reputation as a human geneticist. He and his laboratory colleagues have significantly contributed to understanding of human sex chromosome disorders, discovered the genetic basis of the most common form of inherited obesity (mutations in the SIM1 gene), and most recently identified a novel cause of a rare skin and immunodeficiency disorder.
“We plan to develop novel initiatives in graduate education that include the use of online learning, while continuing to recruit top-notch students, develop an office of career development for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and work towards increasing contacts with our esteemed alumni,” Dr Zinn observes.
The UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences trains future scientists to investigate basic life processes from the molecular level to the whole animal and provides opportunity for them to pursue majors in the laboratories of some of the world’s most distinguished researchers. The graduate school’s goal is to provide students with the foundation groundwork for successful careers as leaders in biomedical research and education. The schools alumni can be found at top research institutions throughout the world.
Established in 1972 when UT Southwestern was reorganized as a medical center with three components, the medical school, graduate school and health professions school, the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has since awarded about 2,700 degrees. It offers 11 doctoral programs, including biological chemistry, cancer biology, cell regulation, genetics and development, immunology, integrative biology, molecular biophysics, molecular microbiology, and neuroscience in the basic sciences, and doctorates in clinical psychology and biomedical engineering, which is a joint program with UT Arlington and UT Dallas. Additionally, a master’s degree is offered in clinical science, an the graduate school also offers non-degree educational programs including the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, UT Dallas Green Fellows, Undergraduate Medical Research Fellows, and the Science Teachers Access to Research at UT Southwestern.
The school has 20 core facilities available for research on the UT Southwestern campus, with state-of-the-art equipment and providing the support services necessary to help scientists effectively and efficiently conduct research.
For more information, visit: http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/education/graduate-school/index.html