John A. Cooper, MD, PhD, has been named interim head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Larry J. Shapiro, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, announced the appointment, which will become effective Nov. 15.
Cooper is a professor in the university’s Department of Cell Biology and Physiology. He also served on the steering committee of the Biochemistry Graduate Program from 2003-07 and has been the program’s director since 2008.
“We are pleased Dr. Cooper will be filling this role,” Shapiro says. “Under his leadership, we anticipate that the department will continue its great scientific tradition and play a key role in school-wide research and in graduate and medical education.”
Cooper succeeds Thomas E. Ellenberger, DVM, PhD, the Raymond H. Wittcoff Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, who has served as head of the department since 2005. Ellenberger is stepping down to focus on research and will remain in the department at Washington University.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the department and the School of Medicine in this new capacity,” Cooper says. “I have always had great respect and admiration for the faculty of this department, who have an outstanding record of research, teaching and service.”