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Suzanne Sandmeyer, PhD, appointed senior associate dean, research

A message from Michael J. Stamos, MD, Dean, UC Irvine School of Medicine

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Suzanne Sandmeyer, PhD, professor of biological chemistry, with joint appointments in the departments of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in the School of Medicine, and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in the Samueli School of Engineering, has agreed to serve a five-year term as senior associate dean for research, effective August 15, 2017.

In this position, Dr. Sandmeyer will be responsible for fostering the highest quality of research performed by faculty, postdoctoral scholars, medical students and graduate students in the School of Medicine. She will oversee contracts, grants development and administration, technology and innovations developments, and research resource development and allocations including equipment and space. She will represent the School of Medicine in all matters related to research both within the university and to external interest groups. Dr. Sandmeyer will serve as a key member of the School of Medicine executive leadership group.

Dr. Sandmeyer’s research focuses on the molecular genetics and biochemistry of retrovirus-like elements, in particular her research elucidated mechanisms of assembly and targeting insertion into eukaryotic genomes. More recently her research has focused on metabolic engineering of lipid metabolism in yeast. She is an elected fellow of American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Sandmeyer received her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Washington and was a Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellow in Genetics at Washington University. She joined the UC Irvine Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in 1984 and chaired the Department of Biological Chemistry from 1997 to 2005. Dr. Sandmeyer has served as chair of the Senior Editors of the Genetics journal and has served on numerous national advisory panels including the NCI Basic Sciences Board of Scientific Counselors, Genetics Study Section, Shared Instrument Study Section, NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Editorial Panel, AAAS Electorate Nominating Committee, and California Cancer Research Coordinating Committee.

At UCI, she is a member of the Research Cyber Infrastructure Executive Committee, Center for Complex Biological Systems, Center for Virology Research, Center for RNA Biology and Therapeutics, and the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. She founded and currently directs the UCI Genomics High Throughput Facility platform for emerging genomics technologies and serves as Associate Director of the Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics. Dr. Sandmeyer is a past recipient of the School of Medicine Athalie Clarke Research Associates Award and currently holds the Grace Beekhuis Bell Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry.

I am grateful for the commitment and leadership Oswald Steward, PhD, provided during his term as senior associate dean. A professor in the departments of anatomy & neurobiology in the School of Medicine, and neurobiology & behavior in the Ayala School of Biological Sciences, Dr. Steward will continue as director of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center for Spinal Cord Injury.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Sandmeyer to her new role.


Michael J. Stamos, MD
Dean, UC Irvine School of Medicine