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Dr. Schmid named chair of Cell Biology

Sandra Schmid, Ph.D., an internationally acclaimed cell biologist, has been named Chairman of Cell Biology.

Dr. Schmid succeeds the late Dr. Richard Anderson, who served as the department Chairman from 1999 until his death in March 2011. Dr. Schmid was recruited to UT Southwestern from The Scripps Research Institute, where she has served as cell biology department chair since 2000. She was a Scripps professor for 23 years.

Dr. Schmid recently earned a master’s degree in executive leadership from the University of San Diego School of Business Administration in addition to her doctorate in biochemistry from Stanford University. A Canadian by birth, she earned her undergraduate degree in cell biology from the University of British Columbia. After earning her doctorate, Dr. Schmid completed a fellowship in cell biology at Yale University. She then joined Scripps, along with her husband, Dr. Bill Balch.

Dr. Schmid’s research has been published in more than 100 scientific publications. She is the immediate past president of the American Society for Cell Biology and has served on scientific advisory boards, including one at Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Her honors include a National Institutes of Health Merit Award, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s William C. Rose Award, and election to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She holds the Cecil H. Green Distinguished Chair in Cellular and Molecular Biology.

Dr. Schmid’s research relates to endocytosis, which is the process by which cells internalize nutrients, as well as signaling molecules and plasma membrane proteins. Her research uses sophisticated techniques to visualize membrane trafficking and analyze the structure and function of this cellular machinery.