Mark McNamee, Virginia Tech senior vice president and provost, announced that Dennis Dean ’73, the Stroobants Professor of Biotechnology at Virginia Tech, will be associate director of the new the Virginia Tech Carilion Medical Research Institute. “Dr. Dean will assure that the investments Virginia Tech is making in basic life science areas are leveraged as fully as possible during the medical research institute’s establishment,” McNamee said.
The medical research institute, managed by Virginia Tech, is a collaboration with the Carilion Clinic and the newly established Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTC), a private independent school jointly managed by Virginia Tech and Carilion, all co-located on a new campus under construction in Roanoke.
Dean is also an internationally known researcher. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College and a Ph.D. from Purdue University, and he was a National Institute of Health postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Enzyme Research at the University of Wisconsin.