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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 23, 2003

Engelhardt Named Interim Head Of Anatomy And Cell Biology

John Engelhardt, Ph.D., University of Iowa professor of anatomy and cell biology, and director of the UI Gene Therapy Center for Cystic Fibrosis and Other Genetic Diseases, will serve as interim head of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. The appointment will be effective Jan. 1, 2004.

Engelhardt will replace Mary Hendrix, Ph.D., the Kate Daum Research Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, when she leaves to become president and director of the Children's Memorial Institute for Education and Research, affiliated with Children's Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University in Chicago.

"We are very pleased that Dr. Engelhardt has agreed to step in and serve as interim head of the department," said Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. "Dr. Engelhardt is an extremely accomplished researcher who has also demonstrated great leadership ability as director of the Gene Therapy Center. We are confident that under his direction, the department will continue its track record of excellence in research and teaching."

Engelhardt's research focuses on gene therapies for inherited and environmentally induced diseases. He received a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Iowa State University and a doctoral degree in human genetics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He also was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan.

Engelhardt joined the UI faculty in 1997. He also holds a joint appointment in internal medicine. He has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters and holds several patents for gene therapy technologies.

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