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Degen Oversees UC Research Strategy
Published November 2004
Sandra J. Degen, PhD, has been appointed acting vice president for research for the University of Cincinnati.
Reporting directly to Jane E. Henney, MD, senior vice president and
provost for health affairs, Dr. Degen will be responsible for the
strategic development of UC's research goals. She will monitor UC's
research mission and oversee related intellectual property and
Dr. Degen, associate chair for academic affairs in UC's Department of
Pediatrics, has been serving in the provost's office as associate
senior vice president for health affairs.
She grew up in Los Angeles and attended college at the University of
California, San Diego, where she majored in chemistry. She attended
graduate school in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of
Washington and received her PhD in 1982. Then followed two years of
postdoctoral work at the Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel,
Dr. Degen was appointed assistant professor of pediatrics at UC and the
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Foundation in 1985. She was
promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1992 and to professor in
A Pew Scholar in the biomedical sciences, Dr. Degen's scientific
interests include the biological function of the blood coagulation
agent prothrombin, as well as a protein, identified in her lab, that is
involved in growth control. She has enjoyed continuous grant support
since she received her first academic position and is currently
principal investigator on two National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Her many honors include an established investigatorship from the
American Heart Association, membership of the Hematology II Study
Section at the NIH, and participation in the Executive Leadership in
Academic Medicine Program.
Dr. Degen is the Medical Center's liaison with UC's West Campus and has
chaired and served on more than 50 university-wide committees. These
include the steering committee for the Preparing Future Faculty
Program, the search committee for the director of Institutional
Research, the Institutional Management Technology Committee, and the
Academic Technology Planning Committee.
Known also for her administrative skills, Dr. Degen has been trained on
how to affect science policy at the regional and national levels at the
Science and Society Institute sponsored by the Pew Scholars Program.
In her role as associate senior vice president for health affairs, she
led strategic planning for UC's "Planning for the Millennium"
initiative. She has also been responsible for distribution of the Ohio
Board of Regents Instructional Equipment Funds and chaired the MPH Task
Force, which started the process for establishing a master's degree in
public health at UC.
As associate chair for academic affairs in pediatrics, her many
responsibilities include overseeing the reappointment, promotion and
tenure process. While director of the graduate program in molecular and
developmental biology, she ran the PhD program and was responsible for
interacting with and mentoring all the students.