August 10, 2017

Dear campus community, 

We are pleased to announce that Professor G. Steve Martin has agreed to serve as Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, effective August 14, 2017. He will replace Paul Alivisatos, who has moved into the position of Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

Steve is Professor Emeritus of Cell and Developmental Biology, and most recently served as dean of the Biological Sciences Division in the College of Letters and Science from 2011 to 2016. In his role as dean, Steve maintained the division’s research excellence, supervised the recruitment of twenty-five new faculty members, and oversaw the successful retention of twelve others. The departments that comprise the Biological Sciences Division - Molecular & Cell Biology and Integrative Biology - continue to receive high rankings and attract outstanding students and faculty.

Throughout his tenure as dean, Steve also supported the creation of and fundraising for a number of major research and educational initiatives including the Innovative Genomics Initiative, the Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Initiative, and the Berkeley BRAIN Initiative. He also raised funds to support the Biology Scholars Program - one of the nation’s most successful STEM diversity programs - and secured the establishment of three new endowed chairs. As dean, Steve was heavily involved in the transition to, and ongoing relationship with, Campus Shared Services, and he will bring to this interim role an on-the-ground understanding of research administration as well as demonstrated success in fostering faculty-led interdisciplinary research programs.  

Steve has agreed to serve through the fall semester while we conduct an internal search for the next Vice Chancellor for Research. A search committee is being formed and we will soon issue a call for nominations.

Please join us in welcoming Steve to his interim role and thanking him for his continued dedication to our campus community.

Best regards,

Carol Christ

Paul Alivisatos
Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost