Aug 1, 2014

University Names New College of Biosciences Dean

Please join me in congratulating Robert White, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and medical genetics, on recently being named as the new dean of KCUMB’s College of Biosciences. Dr. White had served as associate dean for the College of Biosciences since 2012.

He replaces Douglas Rushing, Ph.D., who stepped down as dean of the College of Biosciences on June 30. Dr. Rushing remains a full-time professor of biochemistry at KCUMB through the end of 2014. At that time, he will transition to a part-time role, with his primary responsibility being his work overseeing the University’s recently formed strategic leadership teams.

Dr. White trained at The Jackson Laboratory at Boston College, where he earned a doctoral degree in biology. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital in Boston. Before coming to KCUMB in 2010, he served as the director of the Mouse Genetics Research Laboratory at Children’s Mercy Hospital for 17 years.

Dr. White is the author of more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Blood, Genomics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA and Nature Genetics. He has been the recipient of several extramural grants, including a large grant from the March of Dimes. He was also the recipient of the Kansas City Science Pioneer Award from the March of Dimes in 2004.

We look forward to continuing to grow our College of Biosciences programs with Dr. White’s leadership.