Vice Provost and Dean Shane Burgess announced on February 11 the appointment of the new University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences associate dean for research.
Dr. Parker Antin—Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
A graduate of Union College and the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Antin is a national authority in the areas of developmental biology and genomics who has taught and conducted research at the University of Arizona since 1992.
Dr. Antin replaces Dr. Ron Allen, who served as the CALS associate dean for research and director of the Arizona Experiment Station for almost two years before resigning the position on January 1. Dr. Allen continues as a faculty member in the School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences.
For the first ten years of his UA career Dr. Antin was a faculty member in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, working with a group researching muscle biology in the Department of Animal Sciences. Dr. Antin is now a professor of cellular and molecular medicine in the College of Medicine. He also has a joint appointment in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
His research for nearly 30 years has been focused on mechanisms of early embryo development and cardiac and skeletal muscle development and disease, with recent interests in stem cell biology and cancer.
For the past decade, Dr. Antin has directed Gallus Expression in Situ Hybridization Analysis (GEISHA), a database designed to map gene expression in the chicken embryo during the first six days of development. Dr. Antin's work offers a better understanding of human health. Identifying how genes are used during embryo development in an animal like the chicken allows scientists to better understand how congenital disabilities occur in humans.
Dr. Antin's research has been continuously funded for more than 20 years from external agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture—as well as international funding agencies and private foundations, such as the American Heart Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
As a member since 2009 of the Board of Directors for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Dr. Antin has worked extensively in Washington advocating for science funding. He has become well versed in the federal science budget appropriations process and in regulatory issues.
Dr. Antin is editor-in-chief of the journal Developmental Dynamics.
The Arizona Board of Regents has challenged the university system to double research by 2023. Dr. Antin notes that the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences can contribute most effectively to meeting these goals through strategic planning by focusing on existing areas of excellence and on targeted new programs. He plans to work toward making the college more competitive for grants by reducing institutional impediments to research, identifying new sources of financial support, and promoting increased industry collaborations and flexibility in responding to new initiatives.
"Dr. Antin will work with everyone in CALS to ensure that we deliver our share of the research task to meet both the UA's Never Settle strategic plan and the Arizona Board of Regents research metrics," Burgess said. "I have great faith in his exceptional talents and I have every confidence in his capacity to do this and more."
Dr. Antin, who officially begins February 17, will serve on the CALS Executive Council with Burgess; Jeffrey Silvertooth, associate dean for economic development and director of UA Cooperative Extension; Joy Winzerling, Bart Cardon associate dean for academic programs and career development; and Jeffrey Ratje, assistant dean for finance and administration.