Iverson named School of Medicine Basic Sciences associate dean for faculty

Tina Iverson

Tina Iverson, Louise B. McGavock Professor and professor of pharmacology and biochemistry, has been named associate dean for faculty of the School of Medicine Basic Sciences effective July 1.

She will succeed Alyssa Hasty, professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, who is joining the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, as vice provost and senior associate dean for faculty affairs and career development. She will hold the George A. and Nancy P. Shutt Professorship in Medical Science.

Alyssa Hasty

Iverson joined Vanderbilt in 2005. With her strong background in pharmacology and structural biology and her commitment to fostering the growth and development of faculty, she is well suited to lead Basic Sciences in this capacity. Her vision and leadership will be instrumental in supporting the professional development of our faculty, ensuring that they have the resources and opportunities to thrive at Vanderbilt.

“I have been at Vanderbilt for almost 20 years and have seen amazing positive growth in the university during this time. I am committed to the next phase of this endeavor and bring a willingness to help faculty at all career stages strive for higher impact scholarship,” Iverson said. “I am humbled by being suggested for this position where I can work with the other associate deans as guided by the vision of Dean Kuriyan. I am particularly excited about supporting each of the faculty to be their best in their respective roles.”

In addition to her professorships, Iverson is an active member of the Center for Structural Biology and the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology, and Inflammation. Her lab’s research focuses on the intersection between mitochondrial metabolism and signaling. These metabolic signaling systems affect a range of human diseases of altered cell fate, most notably cancer and neurodegeneration.

“The School of Medicine Basic Sciences continues its steady upward trajectory, and I look forward to continuing this growth and faculty development with Tina Iverson’s leadership,” said John Kuriyan, dean of Basic Sciences. “Our faculty continue to produce influential research that is enabled in no small part through the efforts of Alyssa Hasty and her team. I am ever grateful to Alyssa and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

Hasty joined Vanderbilt as a graduate student in the third Interdisciplinary Graduate Program cohort in 1994 and has been a treasured member of the Vanderbilt community ever since. Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and the Mark Foundation for Cancer Research. She co-chaired the Dean’s Advisory Council for Mental Health and Wellness and serves as co-principal investigator of the Vanderbilt Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (V-FIRST) program. Hasty created the position of associate dean for faculty in the School of Medicine Basic Sciences and brought tremendous insight and compassion to her handling of faculty recruitment, appointments, promotions, and recognition.

“I have truly been blessed by God to have interacted with hundreds of undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff during my time here. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve our faculty as associate dean for faculty of the Basic Sciences for the past seven years,” Hasty said. “I learned a tremendous amount from Larry Marnett about leadership and am thankful to John Kuriyan for the increased responsibilities in this role. I am grateful for the partnerships I have had with our department chairs, assistant deans, and associate deans as we worked on creating an environment that enabled our faculty to excel.”

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