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Meet the new Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Lidia Kos!

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Lidia Kos, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
Dr. Lidia Kos is an experienced Professor of Biology, Associate Dean of the University Graduate School and Associate Vice President of the Office of Research and Economic Development from Florida International University (FIU). She received a BS in Biology from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a PhD in Neurobiology from UC Berkeley. She was a Fogarty Fellow at NIH where she did post-doctoral studies. Her research focuses on development and pathogenesis of pigment cells. She uses mouse molecular genetics to understand the molecular basis of neural crest differentiation and melanoma. She has extensive experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students in cell, developmental and molecular biology. She has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows in her laboratory. In the Graduate School she oversaw over 9.000 students in masters, specialists and doctoral programs. She was responsible for all academic and administrative matters related to graduate education at FIU. She has served as the Executive Editor for the journal Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research and is currently in its editorial board. She has served as a member of grant review panels for NSF, NIH, and AHA and is currently on the NIGMS TWD review panel. She has been funded by NIGMS, NIAMS and AHA and is currently the PI of FL-AGEP and co-PI of an NIGMS T32 and NSF BD training grants at FIU.
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