New UA Biomedical Science and Biotechnology Institute Names Associate Directors

New UA Biomedical Science and Biotechnology Institute Names Associate Directors

New UA Biomedical Science and Biotechnology Institute Names Associate Directors

The Institute for Biomedical Science and Biotechnology (IBSB) at the University of Arizona has named two prominent scientists as associate directors.
Vicki Chandler, PhD, an expert on crop genetics and a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Fernando Martinez, MD, director of the Arizona Respiratory Center and professor of pediatrics at the Arizona Health Sciences Center, were named to the newly created positions. IBSB Director Thomas Baldwin, PhD, made the announcement.

Dr. Chandler is internationally recognized for her genetics research, which focuses on regulation of gene expression. "Vicki Chandler was trained as a biochemist, so she brings a distinctively molecular point of view to a biological problem. And while biochemistry is by its nature interdisciplinary, she takes it to a higher level," Dr. Baldwin explained.

Dr. Martinez is world renowned for his leadership in the area of risk factors for childhood asthma and the genetic basis for this disease. The ARC is an interdisciplinary Center of Excellence in the College of Medicine dedicated to research, clinical care and teaching in adult and pediatric pulmonary disease. "Fernando Martinez is a physician, as well as a fine geneticist and researcher, who has created a leading research program at the Arizona Respiratory Center," Dr. Baldwin said.

Both Drs. Chandler and Martinez are engaged in research that is interdisciplinary and dependant on high-technology equipment and techniques - a perfect fit for the IBSB, which is a collaboration involving five UA colleges, including Medicine and Agriculture and Life Sciences. Dr. Baldwin believes bringing scientists from different disciplines together with cutting-edge technology will create the environment conducive to major conceptual advances. "Researchers will interact, discover, analyze and invent together," Dr. Baldwin said. "It is a climate for scientific breakthrough."

Specifically, the Institute will provide a facility to house the technical support for cutting-edge genetics research. It will enable physician-scientists to find new ways to detect and treat disease. It will encourage development of better foods and biology-based products. The Institute for Biomedical Science and Biotechnology is dedicated to creating a climate that facilitates the advancement of high-technology molecular life sciences research and education to improve human health and well being and to stimulate biology-based industrial development in Arizona.