Richard Moss Named Research Dean
Madison, Wisconsin — Richard L. Moss, PhD, the Robert Turell Professor of Physiology and chair of the physiology department, has been appointed senior associate dean for basic research, biotechnology and graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Moss will succeed Paul DeLuca, PhD, who recently was named UW-Madison provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. The new SMPH associate dean position has been expanded to encompass biotechnology.
"Paul DeLuca leaves big shoes to fill, but Rick Moss is absolutely up to the challenge," says Robert N. Golden, MD, the Robert Turell Professor in Medical Leadership and dean of the school. "He has had a spectacular career, with remarkable success as a scientist and a teacher. In addition, he's been one of the most respected faculty leaders on campus. I'm thrilled he has agreed to take on this incredibly important position at the school."
|Richard L. Moss|
In addition to serving as physiology department chair for more than two decades, Moss has held several other leadership positions at the school. He is the founder and director of the Cardiovascular Research Center as well as the co-founder and executive director of the Master of Science in Biotechnology Program.
Moss says he looks forward to increased focus on biotechnology at the school.
"My vision is to emphasize the translation of biotechnology research taking place in the School of Medicine and Public Health. These important advances promise to improve research and patient care and can have a profound impact on the economy of our state and region," Moss says. "We will build and improve working relationships with biotechnology and health care organizations across the country and internationally, highlighting the leading-edge research that is being done at the University of Wisconsin."
The greater emphasis on biotechnology will enhance the school's position as a leader among public research universities nationally, he says.
A native of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Moss earned his PhD in physiology and biophysics from the University of Vermont in 1975. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute until 1979, when he joined the School of Medicine and Public Health faculty.
With continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for nearly 30 years, Moss has directed a research program focused on the control of contraction in heart and skeletal muscles and alterations in contraction and excitability that contribute to dysfunction in diseases such as heart failure and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
In 2007, he was recognized for his research contributions with an honorary MD degree from Uppsala University in Sweden. He has been a member of numerous NIH study sections and other peer-review committees, editor for 11 scientific journals and a guest lecturer or invited speaker across America, Europe and Japan.
Moss has served in many national leadership positions, including as president of the International Society for Heart Research and on the executive council of the Biophysical Society.
His service to UW-Madison has been extensive, ranging from participation on the school's Academic Planning Council and Faculty Advisory Committee to chairing the university's Stem Cell Review and Oversight Committee.
Moss is a dedicated and respected teacher, guiding medical students through courses on muscle contraction, cellular excitability and systemic cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology. He has been honored numerous times for teaching excellence, including the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2000.
Moss has been a member of the Medical Education and Research Committee (MERC), the arm of the Wisconsin Partnership Program that has allocated $62 million in grants for research since the committee's inception in 2004. He became chair of the MERC when he officially started in his new position on August 10.
Date Published: 08/28/2009