New Vice-Dean, Research announced

Dr. Miller announces the new vice-dean of research

Dr. Doug Miller, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - 05 July 2013

Dear faculty, staff and learners,

I am pleased to announce that Dr. David Evans has been appointed vice-dean of research for theFaculty of Medicine & Dentistry for a five-year term, effective July 8, 2013. Dr. Evans was chosen after careful consideration by a Search & Selection committee chaired by former dean Dr. Lorne Tyrrell.

Dr. Evans is a professor and associate director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology. His research focuses on poxvirus genetics and DNA replication. In collaboration with colleagues in the Department of Oncology he also explores the application and commercialization of poxviruses as targeted oncolytic agents. His scientific program is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Alberta Innovates and the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology.

Dr. Evans obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Alberta in 1982 and, after post-doctoral studies at Berkeley and Harvard, joined the faculty of the University of Guelph in 1987. In 2003, he returned to the University of Alberta to become chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology. Dr. Evans has recently been involved in creating two biotech companies to commercialize discoveries. He is also a member of the World Health Organization's smallpox scientific advisory committee.

As vice-dean of research, Dr. Evans will play an instrumental role in advocating for our graduate students and reinforcing our faculty's track record in improving patient outcomes through advances in scientific discovery.

As I welcome Dr. Evans to his new role with the Faculty, I would also like to extend my sincere appreciation to outgoing vice-dean of research, Dr. Marek Michalak.

Best regards,

Doug Miller