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Release: Jan. 5, 2000

UI names new head of biological sciences

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa has named Jack Lilien chair of the department of biological sciences in the College of Liberal Arts, effective in the summer 2000.

Lilien has served as professor and chair of the department of biological sciences at Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich. since 1994. He is also professor of anatomy and cell biology and professor at the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics and the Karmanos Cancer Institute located in Detroit.

Liberal Arts Dean Linda Maxson said that Lilien's selection further enhances the university's research and teaching strengths in the biological sciences.

"We are all very pleased that Jack will be joining our college and taking over leadership in the biological sciences at this critical time. With a new biology building, renovation of old space and the recent and pending addition of new faculty, we are poised to see new, exciting contributions from our faculty. Jack has the experience and vision to work with and empower the faculty to take full advantage of these unique opportunities. I look forward to working with him to see the department's vision clearly articulated and successfully implemented over the next several years," Maxson said.

Lilien earned his bachelor's degree in bacteriology and immunology in 1962 from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and his doctorate in developmental biology in 1967 from the University of Chicago. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania from 1967-69.

At the University of Wisconsin, Madison department of zoology, he served as assistant professor from 1969-74, associate professor from 1974-78, professor from 1978-89, associate chair from 1987-88, and chair from 1988-89. Lilien was head of the department of biological sciences at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. from 1990-94.

His professional activities include membership in the American Society for Cell biology, Society for Development Biology, and the Neuroscience Society. He has presented numerous invited talks and seminars and has published extensively in professional journals.

His research interests address the molecular biology of development of the nervous system, and his work is currently funded by two grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Lilien will succeed George Cain, professor in the biological sciences, who will continue to serve as interim chair until Lilien assumes the office this summer.