Leadership Changes in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Posted by: Julie Briggs
We are pleased to share exciting leadership changes in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) - Brian J. Nickerson, JD, PhD, MPA, will assume the expanded role of Senior Associate Dean for Master's Programs; Matthew J. O’ Connell, PhD, has been promoted to Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum, Accreditation and Outreach; and Eric A. Sobie, PhD, has been promoted to Senior Associate Dean for Programmatic Development. Read more about these appointments below.
Brian J. Nickerson, JD, PhD, MPA, currently the Director of the ISMMS Master’s Program in Health Care Delivery Leadership, will assume the expanded role of Senior Associate Dean for Master’s Programs. In this position, he will lead efforts to optimize all existing master’s programs, with a special focus on admissions, enrollment, program management, regulatory compliance, and marketing. Dr. Nickerson will also build strategic academic relationships nationally and internationally in furtherance of the mission of the Graduate School.
Upon joining ISMMS in 2013, Dr. Nickerson created the Health Care Delivery Leadership program, the School’s first online master’s degree program, which he continues to oversee. The highly regarded program has generated broad interest from both professional and non-traditional audiences.
Dr. Nickerson has more than 12 years’ experience in senior management positions in higher education. He has launched more than 20 successful educational programs or institutes, many of which were the first of their kind, including co-founding the Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Pace University and the Thomas Paine Institute at Iona College. A frequent guest commentator on critical policy questions for media outlets, Dr. Nickerson has produced a large body of visible action research which has influenced state and local-level public policy and administration, including health care issues.
Dr. Nickerson received his MPA and JD from Pace University. He received his PhD from Rockefeller College at State University of New York at Albany.
Matthew J. O’ Connell, PhD, has been promoted to Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum, Accreditation and Outreach. Since joining the Graduate School leadership team as an Associate Dean in 2016, Dr. O’Connell has played a critical role in enhancing recruitment efforts and revamping the doctoral program curriculum. His responsibilities include reviewing current and prospective course offerings, exploring alternative learning modalities, expanding student recruitment efforts, seeking external partnerships to enhance training opportunities, and developing student evaluation strategies.
In addition to his duties as Senior Associate Dean, Dr. O’Connell serves as Professor of Oncological Sciences. He oversees an internationally renowned research program that focuses on two aspects of biology that control the integrity of the genome. Dr. O’Connell has served as the Co-Director of the Cancer Biology Multidisciplinary Training Area (MTA) and chaired numerous Graduate School courses and committees. His contributions as an educator and mentor have been recognized in awards from both the Graduate School and the ISMMS Institute for Medical Education.
Dr. O’Connell received his PhD in Genetics from the University of Adelaide in Australia.
Eric A. Sobie, PhD, has been promoted to Senior Associate Dean for Programmatic Development. Dr. Sobie, who was appointed as an Associate Dean in 2016, plays a critical role in expanding graduate training in quantitative and computational sciences. He oversees extramural support for training programs, areas for strategic growth and industry-based educational relationships, and the implementation of digital tools that support administrative tasks related to graduate education.
Dr. Sobie, an Associate Professor of Pharmacological Sciences, has been a member of the ISMMS faculty for a decade. His highly acclaimed research program employs experimental and computational techniques to gain insight into fundamental problems related to cardiac calcium regulation, cardiac electrophysiology, and the initiation of arrhythmias. Dr. Sobie served for six years as Co-Director of the Biophysics and Systems Pharmacology MTA, is Principal Investigator of the Integrated Training in Pharmacological Sciences T32 program, and is Associate Director of the NIH-funded Training Program in Systems and Developmental Biology and Birth Defects. Dr. Sobie also serves as an Associate Director of the Systems Biology Center New York.
Dr. Sobie received his PhD from The Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.