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MSTP Faculty Committees


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee, chaired by the Director, is responsible for advising the MSTP leadership on all aspects of Program policy and management. Members of the Executive Committee are active and informed MSTP participants who have a broad involvement in educational, research and clinical programs at the University. The Executive Committee meets twice yearly to discuss issues pertinent to the MSTP training, including the evaluation and approval of MSTP faculty appointments, graduate and clinical requirements, and new program initiatives.

  • The Executive Committee has a diverse membership including:
  • the Director & Co-Director
  • MSTP Evaluator (Darren Hoffmann, PhD)
  • Admissions committee chair (Hanna Stevens, MD, PhD)
  • CCOM Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum (Amal Shibli-Rahhal, MD, MS)
  • Associate Graduate College Dean (Steven Varga, PhD)
  • Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (Daniel Tranel, PhD)
  • Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Denise Martinez, MD)
  • Department Heads and PhD Program Directors (Ted Abel, PhD; Stefan Strack, PhD; Peg Nopoulos, MD)
  • Director of the Holden Cancer Center (George Weiner, MD)
  • PSTP leadership (David Stoltz, MD).
  • Two student representatives elected from the student body, one from the first three years of training and one from latter years. These students provide a trainee’s perspective, provide transparency and facilitate communication between MSTP leadership and trainees in the program.

Admissions Committee

The Admissions Committee, chaired by Alex Bassuk, MD, PhD, is charged with the evaluation of MSTP applications and recruitment of accepted candidates. The committee consists of 23 faculty members and 3 MSTP student members.

The Admissions Committee broadly represents graduate training opportunities at the U of Iowa. Currently, the committee includes faculty members representing twelve of the 15 graduate training programs, of which ten (43%) are full professors, eight are associate professors (35%), and five (22%) are assistant professors. The distribution of faculty rank provides an opportunity for exposure of junior faculty laboratories to applicants while maintaining institutional memory for candidate evaluation. Women represent 43% (10/23) of the Admissions Committee faculty members and underrepresented minority faculty members represent 13% (3/23). Twelve (52%) members of the Admissions Committee are physician-scientists.