Marcelo Nobrega, MD, PhD, Professor of Human Genetics, has been named Dean for Faculty Affairs in the Biological Sciences Division, effective April 15, 2022.
As Dean for Faculty Affairs for basic science faculty, Nobrega will work in collaboration with the Dean for Faculty Affairs for clinical faculty, Jay Pinto, MD, Professor of Surgery. Together, the Deans work with the Senior Director for Faculty Affairs to develop, coordinate, implement, and evaluate programs that promote faculty development, including orientation of new faculty, career development, and skill building workshops on such topics as preparing for promotion, scientific writing, grantsmanship, trainee mentoring, leadership training, and wellness.
After obtaining his MD degree in Recife, Brazil, Nobrega pursued a PhD in physiology and genetics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI), followed by a postdoctoral training in genomics at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in Berkeley, CA. He became a faculty at the University of Chicago in 2005, where he has developed a research program focusing on the impact of noncoding genetic variation on human diseases and development.
Nobrega’s lab is funded by the NIH, March of Dimes, and Novo Nordisk Foundation, and has uncovered mechanisms underlying susceptibility to several diseases, including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, asthma, and preterm birth. For the past four years he has been the chair of the Committee on Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology, and he has also served on several committees focused on recruitment, mentoring and training of graduate students and faculty. He was also recently elected as a member of the Association of American Physicians.
He will succeed, Ruth Anne Eatock, PhD, who has served as Dean for Faculty Affairs since 2016.