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Patricia J. Kiley Named Chair of Biomolecular Chemistry

Dr. Patricia J. Kiley has been appointed chair of the department of biomolecular chemistry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.


Professor Patricia J. KileyKiley succeeds Dr. Robert Fillingame, who has served as chair for 10 years.


“Dr. Kiley is an outstanding scientist and academician, who is nationally respected,” says Dr. Robert N. Golden, dean of the school. “In addition to her scientific achievements, her mentoring and leadership skills are widely recognized throughout our campus and beyond.”


Kiley graduated with a BS in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts, and received her MS and PhD degrees in microbiology from the University of Illinois.


After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the UW-Madison department of biochemistry, she joined the department of biomolecular chemistry in the School of Medicine and Public Health as an assistant professor in 1990. She was promoted to full professor in 2002.


Kiley’s research focuses on signaling pathways and gene expression programs organisms use to respond to changes in oxygen levels in the environment. Her work has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1991; she also has received competitive research awards from the National Science Foundation and private foundations.


Kiley’s honors include a Shaw Scientist Award, a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, a Vilas Associate Award and a fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. She has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Bacteriology and on several federal review boards and advisory panels. She has also served as chair of the division of genetics and molecular biology of the American Society of Microbiology.


“Following a national search, Trisha Kiley emerged as the clear top choice to lead this vibrant department forward,” says Dr. Richard Moss, senior associate dean for basic research, biotechnology and graduate studies. “Her deep commitment to research, education and service is perfectly aligned with the missions and traditions of the department and our school.”


Kiley will assume her new leadership position on February 1, 2013.

Date Published: 12/03/2012

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