Bruce E. Magun, PhD, has stepped down as Chair of the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB). Dean Richardson has appointed Rich Maurer, PhD, Professor, as Interim Chair of the department. This leadership transition was effective July 1, 2010.
Dr. Magun joined the School of Medicine in 1984 as Professor and Chair of Cell and Developmental Biology. After 26 years as Chair, he has the distinction of being among the longest-serving chairs in the history of the School of Medicine.
"While Dr. Magun is retiring as chair, I am pleased to report he will remain on the faculty to focus on his research and education activities, which are considerable," said Dean Richardson.
Dr. Magun's research is focused on the role of stress signals in the development of cancer and inflammatory disease. A current theme of his research program is the identification of small molecule inhibitors that may suppress the inflammatory response of specific cancer therapeutic compounds. Dr. Magun, along with the ten members of CDB primary faculty, contributes significantly to teaching many courses in both the graduate studies and medical degree programs, and to related activities in the educational mission.
Dr. Maurer joined the OHSU faculty in 1993 as a Professor. From 1995 to 2002, he served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and has also served on many school committees, including leadership searches and departmental reviews. His research is focused on intracellular signaling pathways and the related events which mediate pituitary hormone expression. Dr. Maurer is actively involved in course teaching and mentoring.
"I am confident Dr. Maurer will be an effective leader for the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology," said Dean Richardson. "And I appreciate his willingness to step into this role."
Pictured: Bruce Magun (top), Rich Maurer (bottom)