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Appointment of Basil Hanss, PhD, as Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Tuesday, September 22, 2015   (0 Comments)
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TO:           All Faculty, Staff and Students


FROM:     Dennis S. Charney, MD

    Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean

    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    President for Academic Affairs

    Mount Sinai Health System


I am pleased to announce that Basil Hanss, PhD, has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the Graduate School, effective immediately.  


Dr. Hanss has been providing outstanding leadership in the Graduate School for many years, and was promoted to Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School earlier this year in recognition of his contributions.  As Interim Dean, he will be responsible for the ongoing success of the Graduate School including its PhD, MD/PhD, and MS programs, and the Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs. He will continue to play a central role in creating new and expanded degree-granting programs and in developing marketing strategies for the Graduate School.


Dr. Hanss is a committed educator, administrator and investigator.  His research focuses on discovering the mechanisms by which gene-therapeutic nucleic acids enter the cell, so that tools can be developed to overcome barriers to the efficacy of many forms of gene therapy.  Extensions of his research have led to the creation of a high-throughput electrophysiology system and a modularized microfluidics lab-on-chip platform, both of which are currently under commercial development.  Dr. Hanss is also a highly regarded teacher who is a Course Director and Director of Educational Programs for the Mount Sinai Institute of Technology.


Dr. Hanss earned his bachelor’s degree at Lewis and Clark College and his PhD in Physiology at Tulane University. He has been a member of the Mount Sinai faculty since 1994, with appointments in Medicine, Medical Education, and Structural and Chemical Biology. 


A search committee has been charged with identifying the next Dean of the Graduate School, and has an outstanding pool that includes both internal and external candidates.  During this interim period, we look forward to working with and supporting Dr. Hanss in his work.



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