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Brutkiewicz named associate dean for graduate studies

June 13, 2013

Randy R. Brutkiewicz, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology, has been named associate dean for graduate studies, effective July 1. He will relinquish his current position as assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development, which he has held since 2007.

Randy R. Brutkiewicz

Randy R. Brutkiewicz, Ph.D.

As associate dean for graduate studies, Dr. Brutkiewicz will oversee the division that administers the school's research-based doctoral degree programs; basic and applied science master's degree program; the NIH-designated Medical Scientist (combined M.D./Ph.D) Training Program; the Physician Scholars Program; and graduate certificates programs.

The division also provides support to graduate students, academic programs and departments as well as services for postdoctoral fellows at the IU School of Medicine and its associated hospitals and institutions.

As an assistant dean, Dr. Brutkiewicz’s duties included meeting individually with new research faculty to discuss promotion and tenure; organizing workshops run by outside experts to assist faculty in successfully competing for extramural funding; and working to clarify how teaching credit could be applied to promotion and tenure for non-IU School of Medicine members at the regional education centers.

Additional accomplishments include leading a project to report the status of basic science departments in relation to the school’s reaccreditation process; serving as a mentor to new faculty through the Leadership in Academic Medicine Program; and provided leadership to the Academy of Medical Educators, an initiative to create outstanding medical educators at the IU School of Medicine.

As a researcher, Dr. Brutkiewicz’s work explores immune evasion by viruses and tumors, as well as the regulation of antigen presentation by various signal transduction pathways, in both innate and adaptive immune responses.

Prior to joining the IU School of Medicine faculty in 1998, Dr. Brutkiewicz served as a staff fellow and national research council associate at the Laboratory of Viral Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. He has also served as an assistant research scientist at the microbiology and virology departments at Bistal-Meters Company and a research technician at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Dr. Brutkiewicz holds a bachelors of science in microbiology and public health from Michigan State University and doctorate from Michigan State University.

He succeeds Patricia J. Gallagher, Ph.D., professor of cellular and integrative physiology, who will be returning to teaching and research, where her interests focus on pathways that impact cell death or apoptosis programs in order to design molecular therapies to kill cells that are undergoing unregulated proliferation.

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