MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has chosen a collaborative scientific leader to assume the helm of its research program development and industry partnerships.

The school recently named Anjon (Jon) Audhya, Ph.D., as its next senior associate dean for basic research, biotechnology and graduate studies.

He will serve as the school’s leader for strategic vision and administrative oversight of basic research practices and policies, graduate programs and industry partnerships. 

“This is an amazing opportunity, and I am extremely excited to take on this leadership role in support of the School of Medicine and Public Health,” Audhya said. “By leveraging our newly developed Basic Sciences Strategic plan, my goal is to facilitate growth of research programming across the school via enhanced collaboration, particularly at the interface between basic and translational science.”

In this role, Audhya will head research program development and provide oversight of the school’s centers and institutes, such as the Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute and Program for Advanced Cell Therapy. 

Additionally, he will manage and guide the school’s partnerships and engagement with internal and external organizations focused on research and development, entrepreneurship and startup technologies, the biomedical workforce and state laboratories. These include entities on campus such as the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, as well as external and industry groups such as BioForward. 

Audhya, a professor of biomolecular chemistry, joined the school’s faculty in 2008. Since 2019, he has served as associate dean for basic research. He successfully led the establishment of several research core facilities that bring valuable equipment and infrastructure to campus and help scientists perform their work effectively and efficiently. 

His appointment began on Dec. 1, 2021, replacing Richard Moss, Ph.D., who retired from the position on Dec. 1. 

Audhya’s innovative approaches and ability to form partnerships in advancing the school’s academic missions will be valuable assets, according to Dr. Robert N. Golden, dean, UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

“Dr. Audhya’s outstanding leadership skills, coupled with his own impressive accomplishments as a scientist and mentor, provide the perfect platform for his new senior leadership position,” he said.    

Audhya is available for interviews today.