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Appointment of Marta Filizola, PhD, as Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Friday, January 29, 2016   (0 Comments)
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We are delighted to announce the appointment of Marta Filizola, PhD, as Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), effective May 1, 2016. Dr. Filizola was selected after a national search that confirmed her outstanding potential to lead the Graduate School to its next level of accomplishment and success. Dr. Filizola comments: “I am both excited and humbled by the opportunity to serve as a catalyst for innovation in graduate education at Mount Sinai. I believe that we at Sinai are in the best position to train the next generation of great scientists, and I look forward to working with our terrific researchers and educators to achieve this goal."

Dr. Filizola has been a member of the ISMMS faculty since 2007.  She is a Professor of Structural and Chemical Biology, with secondary appointments in Neuroscience and in Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics. An internationally recognized leader in the computational biophysics of membrane proteins, she has particular expertise in applying computational and theoretical chemistry methods to biochemical and biomedical problems, as well as drug discovery. Dr. Filizola’s research on G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), and particularly the subfamily of opioid receptors, holds promise for discovering and designing novel painkillers with reduced adverse effects and abuse liability.


Additionally, her team’s investigation of beta3 integrins lends insight to the development of novel therapeutics for renal, hematologic, neoplastic, bone, and fibrotic diseases. 


Dr. Filizola holds several patents for her work, has a strong publication record, and is frequently invited to lecture nationally and internationally. Her research has been funded steadily by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2005. Currently, she is active in five research projects funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI); and the Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute, Inc. Dr. Filizola has served as a grant reviewer for the NIH and other agencies for over 10 years. She is a regular member of the Biophysics of Neural Systems (BPNS) Study Section of NIH. Dr. Filizola received the Dr. Harold and Golden Lamport Award for Excellence in Basic Research from Mount Sinai in 2008.


Complementing Dr. Filizola’s independent research program is her active role as an educator, helping train students to be fluent in both biological and quantitative sciences. Following three years as Co-Director of the Structural/Chemical Biology and Molecular Design (SMD) Graduate Program in the Graduate School, in 2015 she assumed the Co-Directorship of the Biophysics and Systems Pharmacology (BSP) Graduate Program. Dr. Filizola has a strong record as an advisor and mentor to students and trainees at all levels. 


As Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Filizola will direct the academic and administrative functions of the PhD and Masters programs, as well as the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and will work collaboratively with the Dean of Medical Education in directing the MD/PhD program. Her responsibilities will include overseeing the high quality of our educational programs, ensuring that these programs align with institutional strengths and priorities, appointing and leading the Graduate School faculty, and integrating the Graduate School with other educational components of the School. While serving as Dean, Dr. Filizola will continue her own leading research program.


Dr. Filizola earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemistry from the University of Naples Federico II in Naples, Italy. Much of the research leading to her PhD in Computational Chemistry from the Second University of Naples was conducted in the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Filizola completed postdoctoral work in Computational Biophysics at both the Molecular Research Institute in California and at ISMMS. Except for three years on the faculty of Weill-Cornell Medical College, Dr. Filizola’s career has been dedicated to Mount Sinai.


Please join us in congratulating Dr. Filizola on her appointment as Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at ISMMS.

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