Dr. Ravi Misra named Dean of Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

May 4, 2010 College News - The Medical College of Wisconsin has named Ravi P. Misra, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry at the Medical College, as Dean of the College’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Misra’s appointment was announced by T. Michael Bolger, JD, President and CEO. Dr. Misra assumed his new position on May 1.

“Throughout his 17-year career at the Medical College, Dr. Misra has been a dedicated advocate and accomplished leader in advancing the programs of the College’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,” Bolger said. “He has been at the forefront in developing interdisciplinary academic and scientific programs that serve as models for the Graduate School’s future growth.”

More than 400 students are pursuing PhD, MS, MPH or MA degrees through the Medical College’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The College awards doctoral degrees in ten biomedical fields, including a joint PhD program in functional imaging in collaboration with Marquette University.

Masters degrees are offered in six fields, including joint Master of Science degree programs with Marquette University in bioinformatics and in health technologies management. The Medical College also offers a joint master’s degree in medical informatics with the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Within the Medical College’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Misra has been significantly involved in nearly all aspects of graduate education at MCW, as well having significant participation in medical education. He is currently Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Biomedical in Biomedical Sciences (IDPBS) Graduate Program Curriculum Committee. He has served as a mentor or dissertation committee member for approximately 50 doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows and medical students conducting summer research. He also serves as Chairman of the Medical College’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and as a steering committee member for the College’s program in regenerative medicine.

As a research scientist, Dr. Misra’s studies focus on building a better understanding of the molecular and genetic mechanisms involved in cardiac function and heart formation, focusing on molecular genetic basis for the development of the coronary vascular system. Congenital cardiovascular anomalies are the most common form of human birth defect affecting one out of every 200 babies born annually in North America.

His studies have been continuously supported through grants from the National Institutes of Health, for over 15 years, as well as the American Heart Association, and the American Federation for Aging Research.

He has also received research support from the Medical College through grants funded by the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse, the Sophia Wolf Quadracci Memorial Fund for Stem Cell Research, Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin, and the College’s Cancer Center.

He has also has an extensive track record of extramural service. He has served as a Charter member of the NIH Cardiac Differentiation and Development study section, a reviewer for numerous scientific journals, and as an ongoing ad hoc member of various other national and international scientific review panels, including the American Foundation for Aging Research and the Wellcome Trust.

A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Misra joined the Medical College’s Biochemistry faculty in 1993 after completing postdoctoral fellowships in microbiology and molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School. He received both his MSc (master of science) degree and PhD in biochemistry from New York University School of Medicine after completing his undergraduate studies in microbiology at Rutgers College of Rutgers University.

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