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Aug. 8, 2006

Ramaswamy Named Carver College Of Medicine Assistant Dean For Scientific Affairs

S. Ramaswamy, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named the college's assistant dean for scientific affairs.

Ramaswamy's appointment, which is on an interim basis, was effective July 1. The position replaces the assistant deanship for research and graduate programs, which has been held since 1999 by Marc Wold, Ph.D., UI professor of biochemistry. Wold is stepping down from the post but will remain on the medical faculty.

As assistant dean, Ramaswamy will work with the senior associate dean for scientific affairs and the Carver College of Medicine administration to manage core research facilities and help chart future directions of core research resources that allow medical faculty to make advances in biomedical research. The college's core research facilities provide UI investigators DNA and molecular analysis, crystallography, flow cytometry, and nuclear magnetic resonance analysis, among other services.

"There is wide recognition that big leaps in scientific progress in the future will come from interdisciplinary research," Ramaswamy said. "The hope is that the core research facilities and college's graduate programs will act as the nucleus to promote this for the benefit of the faculty at large."

Ramaswamy joined the UI faculty in 2000. His research interests center on structural biology, the study of the three-dimensional structures of proteins and other molecules to better understand the function and relationship of these molecules in cellular processes. Ramaswamy received a doctorate in molecular biophysics at the Indian Institute of Science in 1992.

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