James Keck, PhD, associate dean for basic sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, became the school's first associate dean for basic sciences in March 2017.

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James Keck

In this role, Keck participates in overall leadership and oversight of the school's master's level and doctoral training programs, and in the development and implementation of research or research training initiatives within the school. He also serves as the primary point person for School of Medicine and Public Health research cores and participates in decisions for internal support of faculty research.

Keck has been a faculty member in the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry since 2001. His research focuses on the structural mechanisms that drive DNA replication, replication restart, recombination and repair reactions. He has received UW-Madison's Kellett Mid-Career Faculty Research Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty who are seven to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured position.

Keck was previously director of the NIH Molecular Biosciences Training Grant and is an active trainer in several graduate programs, including the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB), the merged graduate training program of the Department of Biochemistry in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry in the School of Medicine and Public Health. The program is designed to prepare students for successful careers in research, teaching and science communication.