Dr. Kevin Morano
Dr. Kevin Morano

Dr. Kevin Morano, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics and director of the UTHealth New Investigator Development Program, has been appointed the associate dean for Faculty Affairs, effective March 1.

Morano succeeds Dr. Henry Strobel, professor emeritus of biochemistry and molecular biology, who led Faculty Affairs since the office’s inception in 1995 until his retirement.

“I am delighted to be taking over the position of associate dean for Faculty Affairs and have very big shoes to fill after Dr. Strobel’s many years of exemplary service to the University in that role,” Morano said.

Morano’s charge will be to lead the Office of Faculty Affairs and develop faculty mentoring and retention programs.

“Dr. Morano’s leadership efforts in our Office of Faculty Affairs will be invaluable. Our faculty will be the beneficiaries of his experience and knowledge,” Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo said. “And I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Strobel for his many years of service and leadership to this school.”

Receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis, Morano completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. He joined McGovern Medical School in 2000 as an assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics. He is also a faculty member of the UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

“I have tried to contribute to faculty success as director of the UTHealth New Investigator Development Program over the last 10 years and am excited about the opportunity to have a broader impact on faculty development within the Medical School by expanding the scope and mission of the Office of Faculty Affairs,” he said.

Morano recently was selected for induction into The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Academy of Health Science Education. He is a multiple recipient of the GSBS John P. McGovern Teaching Award and winner of the GSBS Paul E. Darlington Mentor Award, the UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

-Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School