Prof. Maria DeRosa has been appointed Interim Dean in Carleton University’s Faculty of Science, effective Aug. 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
DeRosa is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Institute of Biochemistry, and the principal investigator of the Laboratory for Aptamer Discovery and Development of Emerging Research (LADDER), a research facility funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund and the Ontario Research Fund. After completing BSc and PhD degrees in chemistry at Carleton in 1999 and 2003, she held an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology before returning to Carleton in 2005 as a faculty member.
She previously served as Associate Dean (Recruitment and Retention) in the Faculty of Science from 2018 to 2020 and Chair of the Department of Chemistry during this past academic year. She has received several awards for her outstanding teaching and research contributions, including the John Charles Polanyi Research Award, an Ontario Early Researcher Award and a Capital Educators’ Award.
“On behalf of Carleton, I am thrilled to congratulate Dr. DeRosa on this leadership appointment,” said Jerry Tomberlin, Carleton’s Provost and Vice-President (Academic). “I would also like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Dean Chuck Macdonald, who has served as Dean of Science since August 2018 and is now preparing to conclude his term before assuming the position of Dean of the Faculty of Science at Dalhousie University.”
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