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Dr. Mark Hargrove named department chair

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Dr. Mark Hargrove has been named the next chair of the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (BBMB).

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Mark Hargrove, who has been named the next chair of the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology.

Hargrove has been a member of BBMB since 1998, and was honored with the title of Morrill Professor in 2020. He conducts research on protein structure-function relationships and has been conferred several teaching awards.

“I am honored to be selected as the next chair for BBMB and grateful for the support and trust of my colleagues,” Hargrove shared. "I am excited to work with the Iowa State community to advance our contributions to education and scholarship.”


The Roy J. Carver Department of BBMB contributes to both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. In this announcement, both colleges commented on Dr. Hargrove's leadership:


“Dr. Mark Hargrove has shown exceptional leadership, teaching and research efforts during his time in the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology,” said Daniel J. Robison, holder of the endowed dean’s chair in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “I am confident he will find success in this new role as he leads the department in continuing to innovate and prepare students for success as the next generation of thinkers and doers. He was strongly supported in his interest to become chair of the department by his colleagues and the deans of both colleges.”

“Mark has broad leadership experience as associate chair of his department and chair of the LAS Curriculum Committee,” said Beate Schmittmann, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “We are excited about his vision to lead the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology to new heights in research, teaching and outreach.”