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3 Named to Newly Created MCGSBS Dean Positions

The MCGSBS has three new associate deans
Bruce Horazdovsky, Ph.D.; Virginia Shapiro, Ph.D.; and Luis Lujan, Ph.D., M.S.

October 31, 2019

By Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science staff


Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (MCGSBS) has created three new associate dean roles and named people to fill those positions.

“As members of the MCGSBS leadership team, each of these individuals will provide oversight and lead priorities identified throughout our school to grow, create a vibrant research learning environment and enhance faculty development, student success, and curricular capabilities,” Stephen Ekker, Ph.D., dean, and Robert Speary, administrator, of MCGSBS said in announcing the news.

Bruce Horazdovsky, Ph.D., is the new Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Dr. Horazdovsky is well-known within MCGSBS, where he has been the associate dean since 2004. As he takes on the new role of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Horazdovsky will oversee efforts to clearly define, evaluate, transform, and enhance biomedical sciences curricula and research training programs to meet the school’s strategic goals and the challenges students will face in their careers.

Dr. Horazdovsky has been actively involved in educational efforts, including curriculum and course development, since joining Mayo Clinic in 2002. He is a consultant in the Department of Education Administration, with joint appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Among his many leadership roles, Dr. Horazdovsky is director of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Research Training, and associate director of the Medical Scientist Training Program. He is an associate professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology within Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Virginia Shapiro, Ph.D., was named Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs.

Dr. Shapiro is vice chair of the Department of Immunology in Rochester, and a professor of immunology within the College. As the MCGSBS Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Dr. Shapiro will oversee faculty roles and responsibilities, planning and execution of faculty development opportunities, and strategies for faculty evaluation, quality engagement, scholarly activities, and academic advancement.

In 2019, Virginia Shapiro, Ph.D., was selected for the MCGSBS Dean’s Recognition Award for years of service as a dedicated student mentor, her stewardship role as principal investigator for the T32 institutional training grant in immunology, service as a member of the school’s 2018 Growth Task Force, and her role in MCGSBS admissions. She is also a recipient of the school’s Teacher of the Year award.

Luis Lujan, Ph.D., M.S., was appointed Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

Since 2018, Dr. Lujan has been the MCGSBS Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, where he has worked with students and faculty across Mayo campuses to advance and expand the Graduate School’s nationally-recognized diversity efforts. Now in his new role of Associate Dean of Student Affairs, he will direct and monitor student advising, orientation, retention, career development, and support services.

Dr. Lujan brings a strong background to assist in that mission. He holds joint appointments in Neurologic Surgery, and Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, and is a co-lead and assistant director of Mayo’s Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) and Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Since 2013, Dr. Lujan has been an associate professor of Neurological Surgery and an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering.