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Announcing UCSF Vice Chancellor - Research and SOM Vice Dean - Research

Dear Colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Lindsey Criswell, MD, MPH, DSc, as vice chancellor for research and of David Morgan, PhD, as vice dean for research in the School of Medicine. Both are effective immediately.

Lindsey Criswell, MD, MPH, DSc, is chief of the Division of Rheumatology and the Jean S. Engleman Distinguished Professor of Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine, as well as a professor of Orofacial Sciences in the School of Dentistry.

In her new role as vice chancellor for research, reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP), Dr. Criswell will be working closely with the EVCP, the vice deans of research in all four professional schools, and the vice chancellor for science policy and strategy to help define UCSF’s overall research priorities and goals. She also will oversee research infrastructure, with a view to ensuring seamless and superior service to our researchers across campuses. Dr. Criswell will represent UCSF’s interests at the UC-wide Council of Vice Chancellors for Research.

Dr. Criswell received her medical degree from UCSF and her MPH from UC Berkeley. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in rheumatology at UCSF and joined the faculty of the UCSF Division of Rheumatology in 1992. In addition, she completed a DSc degree in genetic epidemiology at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences. A renowned researcher in human autoimmune disease, her investigations focus on the genetics and epidemiology of human autoimmune disease, particularly rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

With twenty-five years of UCSF service, her dual appointments in the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine, and six years as Division Chief in the Department of Rheumatology, Lindsey Criswell has a deep understanding of UCSF’s research culture and operations.

David Morgan, PhD, is vice chair and professor in the Department of Physiology, as well as professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. He is the director of the UCSF Tetrad Graduate Program, one of the nation’s premier programs in cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry.

As vice dean for research, Dr. Morgan will serve as the dean’s primary liaison to the school’s discovery community. He is charged with developing a strategic vision to further elevate and strengthen our excellence in biomedical research. He will oversee internal programs such as Bridge Funding, REAC, and the Integrated Funding Model. He will promote innovations and collaborations, foster a sense of community among our researchers with a focus on communication, and work to enhance diversity and inclusion. Considered among UCSF’s top science teachers and mentors, Dr. Morgan also will oversee the school’s training programs for graduate students, medical students (including the physician-scientist training program), and postdoctoral scholars.

Dr. Morgan received his PhD from UCSF, where he also completed postdoctoral training. He joined the UCSF faculty in 1989. A world leader in understanding the mechanisms that control the cell division cycle, his research has revealed the intricacies of the circuits that control cell reproduction, a foundational contribution to a central problem in biology. David Morgan’s textbook, The Cell Cycle: Principles of Control, has emerged as the authoritative work on the topic.

As a seasoned teacher, investigator and leading collaborator, he is well positioned to nurture cross-divisional, cross-departmental, and cross-professional collaborations, including those between our basic science, translational, clinical, and social/behavioral/population researchers.

We thank the search committee and especially its chair, Tejal Desai, PhD, for their commitment and service, which resulted in these critical appointments.

Read more about Drs. Criswell and Morgan, and please join us in congratulating them on their new positions.


Daniel H. Lowenstein, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Dr. Robert B. and Mrs. Ellinor Aird Professor of Neurology

Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD
Dean, School of Medicine
Vice Chancellor - Medical Affairs