Larry Swift, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology has been appointed to fill the newly created position of Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology. In this role Dr. Swift will manage the appointments and promotions process for the department, oversee the mentoring programs for all junior faculty, and establish new activities and programs to facilitate and support the continued career development of faculty at all ranks. The new appointment is effective immediately.
Larry is a long-time member of the department, joining the then Department of Pathology in 1971 as a postdoctoral research associate after receiving his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Vanderbilt. He was appointed to the faculty the following year as Instructor and rose through the ranks to Professor. Larry leads a longstanding research program centered on the assembly and secretion of lipoproteins by the liver and intestine. More recently his worked has focused on lipid transport in adipocytes. He has been active in peer review activities of the NIH and the American Heart Association, served as President of the American Heart Association – Southeast Affiliate, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the national American Heart Association. He has also served as associate editor of the journal Lipids.
In addition to his research accomplishments, Larry has held important leadership positions in the department and at Vanderbilt. He served as Director of Graduate Studies for the department from 1992-2002, Director of the Division of Investigative Pathology since 2003, and Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training program since 2008. He will be making adjustments in his other leadership responsibilities as he assumes this important new position within the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology.