The College of Science is delighted to announce Dee Denver as the new head of the Department of Integrative Biology effective July 15, 2020. Denver brings highly innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary research strengths, an extensive record of service in the areas of diversity and inclusion and a proven commitment to graduate and undergraduate education.
Denver is currently professor of integrative biology and he served as the director of the interdisciplinary Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program from 2014-2017.
Denver joined the Department of Integrative Biology in 2006 as an assistant professor and was promoted to full professor in 2017. For the last 14 years, he has led a highly successful and dynamic research program on the evolution and genomics of many forms of life including nematodes (roundworms), phage, bacteria, anemones and trees that dwell and evolve in terrestrial, marine and lab environments.
The Denver lab currently focuses on the evolutionary genomics of nematode symbiosis and microbiomes, and the population genetics of invasive plant-parasitic and slug-parasitic nematode species.
“The opportunity to lead the Integrative Biology community is a profound honor,” said Denver. “My vision is to cultivate an inclusive academic community guided by shared values. Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the department will be a top priority.”
“I look forward to building on the outstanding undergraduate programs in our unit, and further strengthening our graduate program through the adoption of holistic admission and training strategies. Integrative Biology is renowned for research excellence, and I look forward to advancing our scholarly mission by promoting innovative and interdisciplinary research that integrates across biological scales and incorporates diverse perspectives and approaches.”
Virginia Weis, current head of integrative biology, has held the position since 2011. Under her leadership, the department has witnessed impressive growth in the areas of student success initiatives, cutting-edge research programs and pedagogical innovations. The College and the department have been enriched by her transformative leadership and are deeply grateful for her many contributions. She will now return to her teaching and research responsibilities in the department.
An outstanding scientist, teacher and mentor, Denver has led a dynamic and collaborative scholarly research program, developed and delivered innovative graduate and undergraduate curriculum, and provided extensive service to integrative biology and OSU.