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Bio Highlights: Richard L. Moss, Ph.D., senior associate dean for basic research, biotechnology, and graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, received his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont. He followed with postdoctoral studies at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute before joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979. Moss was chair of the Department of Physiology from 1988 until becoming a senior associate dean at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2009. He also is the founder and director of the UW-Madison Cardiovascular Research Center and co-founder and executive director of the Master of Science in Biotechnology Program.
Heart and skeletal muscle physiology is Moss’ primary research interest. His laboratory studies contractile processes in the heart and skeletal muscles and alterations in contraction in diseases such as heart failure. A primary focus of his research is the set of mechanisms by which calcium, various physical factors, and signal transduction pathways regulate myocardial contraction. In 2007, he was recognized for his research contributions with an honorary MD degree from Uppsala University in Sweden. He has been a member of numerous NIH study sections and other peer-review committees, editor for 11 scientific journals, and a guest lecturer or invited speaker across America, Europe, and Japan. In addition, Moss has served in many national leadership positions, including as president of the International Society for Heart Research and on the executive council of the Biophysical Society.