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Biochemistry Alumna Dr. Susan Wente Named Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Vanderbilt

Iowa native and University of Iowa Department of Biochemistry alumna Dr. Susan Wente has been named as the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Vanderbilt University.

A professor at Vanderbilt since 2002, she was selected for the position after an intensive nationwide search.

Dr. Wente graduated from the University of Iowa with honors and high distinction in biochemistry. She went on to receive her PhD in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. Her post-doctoral work was conducted at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Before her promotion, Dr. Wente served as associate vice chancellor for research at Vanderbilt for five years. She has also served as senior associate dean of biomedical sciences, professor of cell and developmental biology, and co-chair of the university-wide academic strategic plan executive committee at Vanderbilt.

Despite her many administrative and educational roles, Dr. Wente maintains an active research program on cellular communication between cytoplasm and nuclei.

Recently named a “2014 Woman to Watch” by Nashville Medical News, Wente has also received the Women in Cell Biology Senior Career Recognition Award from the American Society of Cell Biology and a MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) award from the National Institutes of Health.

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