Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
I’m very pleased to announce that Mark McIntosh, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and associate vice chancellor for Research and Strategic Initiatives, has been named as interim vice chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development effective immediately.
Mark has a wealth of institutional knowledge; he began his career at the University of Missouri in 1981. In 1987, he was named the first director of MU’s DNA Core Facility, the first of several core research facilities at the university. In 2004, he was named director of the Research Core Facilities. He also served as director of graduate studies for 14 years in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.
His research has focused on bacterial pathogenesis, which is the process by which bacteria infect and cause disease in an organism. More recently, he has worked with the DNA Core facility and MU investigators to study the microorganisms present in mammals and their effect on health and disease.
During his career, he has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the USDA, the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Missouri, and the Missouri Life Sciences Research Board.
He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Knox College and his doctorate in microbiology from the University of Texas-Austin. He was a postdoctoral fellow in biochemistry from 1978 to 1981 at the University of California, Berkeley.
I have the utmost confidence in Mark’s ability, and I’m looking forward to working with him. Please join me in congratulating Mark on his new role.