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Transitions at the helm

01 July 2019

Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, PhD, and Kausik Si, PhD

As one year was ending and another was just on the horizon, Stowers Institute and Graduate School leadership announced a series of significant transitions that will play out in full in 2019.

Scientific Director. On July 1, 2019, Stowers and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, PhD, will become the Institute’s new Scientific Director, replacing Robb Krumlauf, PhD, who has served as Scientific Director since the Institute began operations. Investigator Kausik Si, PhD, will take the new position of Associate Scientific Director. Krumlauf will continue to serve as Scientific Director until July 1. Afterward, he will remain at the Institute as an active investigator and Scientific Director Emeritus.


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Investigator Matt Gibson, PhD, and Assistant Investigator Sarah Zanders, PhD

Dean of the Graduate School. At the same time, Investigator Matt Gibson, PhD, will become the Graduate School’s new Dean while Assistant Investigator Sarah Zanders, PhD, will take the new position of Vice Dean. Gibson will replace Investigator Scott Hawley, PhD, who was instrumental in developing and launching the graduate program. Hawley will remain at the Institute as an active investigator and Dean Emeritus.

President and CEO Dave Chao reflects, “Robb and Scott have been with the Institute from its earliest days and have played integral parts in its success. Over almost two decades of service, their exceptional leadership, scientific acumen, scholarship, and collegiality have helped make the Institute and its graduate school a tremendous success. We all look forward to the Institute’s continued success under the dynamic and capable leadership of Alejandro, Kausik, Matt, and Sarah.”

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