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July 3, 2006

Apicella Named Medicine's Interim Associate Dean For Scientific Affairs

Michael Apicella, M.D., professor and head of microbiology in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named the college's interim senior associate dean for scientific affairs.

Apicella's appointment was effective July 1. The position is one of two newly created associate deanships that will replace the existing position of associate dean for research and graduate programs, which has been held since 1995 by Allyn Mark, M.D. Mark is stepping down from the post but will remain a member of the medical faculty. The position of associate dean for clinical and translational research should be announced soon.

As interim senior associate dean for scientific affairs, Apicella will lead the college's research enterprise, with special focus on research in the basic sciences.

"Dr. Apicella has proved to be an outstanding leader of one our basic science departments, and I am convinced that our collegiate administration will benefit from his energy, focus and years of experience," said Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Robillard also praised Mark for his years of service to the college.

"On behalf of the entire college, I would like to thank Dr. Mark for his exceptional leadership of the collegiate research enterprise for the past 11 years. The world-class quality of our biomedical research programs and faculty are in no small measure attributable to Allyn's vision, dedication and hard work," Robillard said.

Apicella joined the UI in 1993 as professor and head of the Department of Microbiology, and he is internationally recognized for his research in infectious diseases. Apicella serves as principal investigator for one of the largest research awards ever granted to the UI: a seven-year, $22.2 million contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (awarded in 2003) to establish a research unit that includes basic research programs and a clinical trials component to study bacteria that cause respiratory illness in humans. He will continue this work and lead the microbiology department in addition to his new role in the Carver College of Medicine administration.

Apicella earned a bachelor's degree in 1959 from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. and a medical degree in 1963 from the State University of New York.

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