Vicki Rosen, Ph.D., Professor
and Chair of Developmental Biology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM),
has been appointed Interim Dean of HSDM, effective Jan. 1, 2020.
A highly respected scientist
in the field of bone and mineral research, Dr. Rosen’s career at HSDM spans
nearly two decades. As Chair of the Department of Developmental Biology, she
oversees the clinical specialties of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, as
well as basic research, and is involved in the education of postdoctoral
fellows and residents, students enrolled in the D.M.D. program, and M.D. and
Ph.D. candidates at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Additionally, she co-leads
HSDM’s Ph.D. Program in Biological Sciences in Dental Medicine and is a principal
faculty member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.
“I’m delighted that Vicki has
agreed to lead HSDM while we continue to search for a new dean,” says George Q.
Daley, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of HMS. “As co-chair with me on the search committee,
Vicki’s insights throughout the process have been invaluable. She is a trusted
leader who is deeply committed to teaching and research and values the
importance of both in the clinical mission of the school.”
Dr. Rosen came to Harvard in
2001 after a serving as a scientist at Genetics Institute, a biotechnology
company, where she was a member of the research team that identified the bone
morphogenetic protein (BMP) genes in 1988. Her laboratory at HSDM studies BMP-family-molecule
signaling in musculoskeletal tissues with the goal of using knowledge gained to
enhance tissue repair and regeneration.
Dr. Rosen’s research has been
supported by grants from the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation; the
National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases; the
National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense, among others.
She has been honored with numerous awards, including the Kappa Delta Ann Donner
Vaughn Award for outstanding orthopedic research, the Marshall R. Urist, M.D.
Award for excellence in tissue engineering research, the Raine Medical Research
Foundation Medal, and most recently the William F. Neuman Award, the most
prestigious award given by The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
“I’m honored to serve as
interim dean of HSDM,” Dr. Rosen says. “I look forward to working with our
dedicated faculty and staff to support HSDM’s exceptional students, and
continue the school’s commitment to excellence in education, research, and
The search for a permanent
dean of HSDM is underway, with a committee comprised of faculty members from
across HSDM and HMS.
Courtesy of Heather Denny, M.L.A., Director of Communications, Harvard
School of Dental Medicine
Published on Jan. 8, 2020