Paul Roth, M.D., FACEP, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean oif the School of Medicine has announced that Jeffrey Griffith, Ph.D., has been appointed Executive Dean of the UNM School of Medicine, effective July 1. Before becoming dean, Griffith served as chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology within the School of Medicine . Griffith has been a UNM School of Medicine faculty member for 25 years. He is well known nationally and internationally for his research in breast and prostrate cancer and for his collaborative efforts with the national laboratories in genetics research. He joined the UNM School of Medicine as an associate professor in the Department of Cell Biology. He has been professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology since 1997, with secondary appointments in the departments of Toxicology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and Surgery. Griffith received his B.S. in Biology from Portland State University in 1970, was an NIH Predoctoral Trainee at Purdue University , Department of Biology, 1971-1975, and an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Hawaii School of Medicine from 1975-1978. He was a scientific staff member in the Genetics Group of the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1979-1982, and received its Distinguished Performance Award in 1981. Griffith ’s research is focused on the development of new prognostic markers for breast and prostate cancer. He has authored 60 research papers, books and patents, and is presently Principle Investigator on five national research and training grants with combined annual direct funding in excess of $650,000. Awards funded during the past 20 years have provided combined total funding in excess of $7 million. He is the state scientific director of the New Mexico Biomedical Research Initiative Network "NM-INBRE" Program, and co-director of the UNM CRTC Women's and Hormone Responsive Cancers Program.
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