Skip to main content

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


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News