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Stanford Report, January 19, 2000

University names Mocarski associate dean of research


Edward S. Mocarski Jr., PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, has been appointed associate dean of research for Stanford University, effective this month.

"Dr. Mocarski is an energetic, knowledgeable investigator who cares deeply about the University's research enterprise," said Eugene A. Bauer, MD, Vice President for Stanford University Medical Center and Dean of the School of Medicine. "He will make immediate contributions as associate dean of research."

Harry B. Greenberg, MD, professor of medicine and senior associate dean of research at the School of Medicine, said, "Ed Mocarski is an outstanding scientist and a highly efficient and able administrator. He is an ideal person to help Charles Kruger and staff coordinate the multiple research issues that arise at Stanford.

"From the standpoint of the School of Medicine, it will be ideal to have someone in the University administration with such substantial knowledge and insight into the multiple research areas that come into play at the School of Medicine," Greenberg added.

Mocarski said, "I am very pleased to be considered for this position of responsibility and believe that my experiences over the past 17 years at Stanford in research and academic endeavors give me a perspective and insight necessary to make decisions in the interest of all research faculty in the University."

Mocarski received his doctorate in microbiology in 1979 from the University of Iowa, conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Chicago and served as a U.S. Public Health Service trainee in virology and as a Leukemia Society of American special fellow. He joined Stanford as an assistant professor in 1983 and became an associate professor, with tenure, in 1989. He became a professor in 1995 and served as chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology for five years, until September 1999.

His research, which focuses on cytomegaloviruses and related herpesviruses, viral growth and pathogenesis, uses approaches that include molecular genetics, cell biology and biochemistry. He has served as a committee member of the Stanford Research Council for the School of Medicine (1997-1999) and will serve as an ex-officio member (2000-2002).

Mocarski's recent major invited presentations include the Elkin Lecture at Emory University, the 7th International Cytomegalovirus Workshop in Bristol, England, and the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center Basic Science Colloquium in Chicago. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Virology and Virology and he has published recently in the Journal of Virology, Blood and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. SR