Travis Solomon, M.D., Ph.D., has stepped down as associate dean for research at the School of Medicine to join the faculty in the Department of Basic Medical Science and focus on teaching physiology. Mark Hecker, Pharm.D., M.B.A., director of clinical research, will continue to direct the research administration functions of the Office of Research Administration.
Solomon joined the School of Medicine as associate dean in early 2010 and helped lead strategic planning efforts for the School’s research mission, while developing strong relationships with faculty, residents and students.
In addition to his teaching activities, Solomon will serve as a faculty research ombudsperson to provide liaison services between the School of Medicine administration and faculty, students and residents.
Karen Williams, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, and Lawrence Dreyfus, Ph.D., dean of the School of Biological Sciences, will serve as research advisors to School of Medicine Dean Betty M. Drees, M.D., on basic and clinical research.
A plan for the recruitment of a permanent associate dean for research will be developed during the next few months.