Thomas C. Rowe, Ph.D., to direct Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences

Thomas C. Rowe, Ph.D., is the next associate dean for graduate education and director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences, UF College of Medicine Dean Dr. Michael Good announced Thursday.

“As the administrative head of the interdisciplinary program, Dr. Rowe will chair the program’s advisory board and provide leadership for the graduate curriculum and graduate student experience, ensuring its continued success,” Good said in the announcement.

Rowe, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, has been the interim associate dean for graduate education since August 2014. He succeeds Dr. Paul Gulig, who served as associate dean from February 2011 through June 2014. Good said Rowe was recommended by a college-wide search committee and is uniquely suited for the position.

“In addition to extensive administrative experience in higher education, he is a devoted teacher and educator,” Good said. “He has served as a mentor and adviser to multiple interdisciplinary program graduate students who have gone on to biomedical careers in academic and commercial settings.”

The cellular function of nuclear and organellar DNA topoisomerases and their role as targets for cancer and malarial chemotherapy are Dr. Rowe’s personal research interests. His research has been funded by many sources including the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.  With extensively published peer-reviewed research papers, Dr. Rowe has served on National Institutes of Health and American Cancer Society study sections.

Rowe joined UF in 1985 after completing his postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Earlier, he earned a bachelor of science degree from Colorado State University and a doctoral degree in microbiology from the University of Florida.