Ambika Mathur, Ph.D.
"Dr. Mathur brings to the position a wealth of experience working with joint and interdisciplinary graduate programs as well as postdoctoral trainees,” said Mark Wardell, associate provost and dean of the WSU Graduate School. “Her accomplishments related to the joint M.D./Ph.D. program alone provide an excellent list of objectives she will pursue as the associate dean of the Graduate School. For example, the number of individuals in that joint program who have won highly competitive fellowship awards is truly impressive. I am certain Dr. Mathur will have a very positive impact on graduate education across the university in the coming years.”
Dr. Mathur said that she will split her time between her School of Medicine duties and her new position with the Graduate School.
“I am extremely honored to have been appointed to this position by Dean Wardell and Provost (Nancy) Barrett,” Dr. Mathur said. “This presents an excellent opportunity for me to contribute to graduate education at WSU, not just at the School of Medicine level, but to the university as a whole.
“I hope to develop strong resources for students to compete for national fellowships and to continue to improve WSU's reputation as a teaching and research training institution nationally and internationally,” she added. “I am looking forward to working with Dean Wardell and the Graduate School staff to develop and implement policies that will move us ahead.”
Dr. Mathur said she met several times with Dean Wardell and found that they shared a common vision for graduate and postdoctoral education at the university. In addition, School of Medicine administrators and Bonita Stanton, M.D., chairwoman of the Department of Pediatrics, urged her to accept the position.
“Dr. Mathur has done wonders to further our combined degree programs and our postdoctoral affairs program,” said Valerie Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., interim dean of the School of Medicine. “We are extremely fortunate to keep her with us, even if part time, and the university is gaining a devoted and energetic individual who will ensure the WSU graduate program continues to thrive.”
Dr. Mathur received her doctorate degree in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Iowa. Following a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Richard Lynch at the University of Iowa and Dr. Brian Van Ness at the University of Minnesota, she was appointed assistant professor at the University of Minnesota and five years later was promoted to tenured associate professor. She joined WayneStateUniversity in 2003 and was appointed the first permanent director of the M.D./Ph.D. program in 2003 and first director of the newly created Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in 2008.