Jul 10, 2013

Miskimins named Associate Dean for Research at USD Sanford School of Medicine

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Robin Miskimins, Ph.D., has been named associate dean for research at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (SSOM). Miskimins, who has been with USD since 1991, currently serves as a professor of basic biomedical sciences.

As associate dean, Miskimins will guide the school in meeting research and scholarship standards set by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. In addition, she will be charged with increasing SSOM’s externally funded research, enhancing the school’s academic profile and building collaborative relationships with a variety of partners.

“With her outstanding talents, extensive research background and strong interpersonal skills, Dr. Miskimins will help us continue to advance our institutional goals,” said Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., dean of the Sanford School of Medicine and vice president for health affairs at USD.

Miskimins earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Arizona in 1983, her M.S. in genetics from Arizona in 1978 and her B.A. in molecular and cellular developmental biology from the University of Colorado in 1976. Her research interests include development of myelin in the central nervous system, as well as the relationship of myelin to disease states such as multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia. She is the recipient of several academic honors, including the 2007 Chester McVay Award presented by the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and the 1999 Board Of Regents Award for Excellence in Research.

A photo of Miskimins is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Robin_Miskimins.jpg.

About the Sanford School of Medicine

For more than a century, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has set the standard for medical education of students, residents and professionals in the state. The school’s mission includes education, research and service. It emphasizes family practice to help create the next generation of doctors for all parts of the state. The school’s economic impact includes attracting $17 million annually in research funding as well as hosting two of the four 2010 Research Centers designated by the governor.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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