UNM Health Sciences Chancellor Paul Roth has announced that Oscar Bizzozero, Ph.D., has been appointed the new chair for the School of Medicine’s Department of Cell Biology and Physiology.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bizzozero, as the new chair of Cell Biology and Physiology,” said Roth. “He has been a valued faculty member at UNM for more than 20 years and we have benefited from his numerous contributions to our academic and research missions.”

The Department of Cell Biology and Physiology is a basic science department within the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. The department was established in 1997 and focuses on the study of biological structures, fundamental cellular and physiological processes and their relationship to human development and disease. The members of the departmental faculty come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds that include clinical anatomy, biochemistry, neuroscience, biophysics, molecular cellular and developmental biology, and physiology.

“It is an honor to be part of Department of Cell Biology and Physiology and I’m proud to be surrounded by a group of outstanding teachers and biomedical researchers, as well as talented students and staff members. I’m dedicated to making our department an important contributor to the HSC mission. I’m grateful for the support received from my colleagues and honored to be the new chair” said Bizzozero.

Dr. Bizzozero received his Ph.D. with the highest honors from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1983. His post-doctoral education was received between 1984-1990 at the Department of Biochemistry, E.K. Shriver Center for Mental Retardation, Waltham, MA; Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School and the Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital.

He joined the faculty of the School of Medicine in 1990 in the Department of Biochemistry and was a founding faculty member of the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology in 1997. He has been a full professor since 2001. Dr. Bizzozero has a strong research program that focuses on the pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis and has made significant scientific contributions towards understanding the pathogenic mechanisms and developing new treatments for this and other demyelinating disorders.


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