June 16, 2011

Message from the Vice Chancellor: Search Committee Formed for Chair of Biochemistry

We are pleased to announce a search committee has been formed to recruit the new chair for the Department of Biochemistry. Larry Marnett, Ph.D., Mary Geddes Stahlman Professor of Cancer Research, professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry and director of the Institute of Chemical Biology, has agreed to chair this committee.

This committee, in partnership with Korn/Ferry International, will conduct a national search. The new chair will have an outstanding opportunity to build upon the department’s rich history of discovery and longstanding tradition for grooming future leaders in research and graduate education.

As most of you know, Michael Waterman, Ph.D., the Natalie Overall Warren Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry, stepped down last year from the role of department chair after 18 years of distinguished service. However, he continues his work as an active investigator within the department. Fred Guengerich, Ph.D., the Harry Pearson Broquist Professor of Biochemistry and director of the Center in Molecular Toxicology, is serving as the department’s interim chair.

We have great confidence in the distinguished faculty chosen to conduct this important search.

Other members of this search committee include: James Crowe, M.D., Ingram Professor of Cancer Research; Ellen Fanning, Ph.D., Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences; Heidi Hamm, Ph.D., Earl W. Sutherland Jr. Professor of Pharmacology; David Harrison, M.D., director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology; D. Borden Lacy, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology; Lynn Matrisian, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Cancer Biology; Hassane Mchaourab, Ph.D., professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics; and Ned Porter, Ph.D., Stevenson Professor of Chemistry.

Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
Dean, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Susan Wente, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences