Four finalists, including an MU professor, will be on campus over the next three weeks to interview for the first ever Life Sciences director position.
The finalists are: Hans Bohnert, professor of plant biology and crop sciences at the University of Illinois; David Hart, professor of microbiology and infectious diseases and medicine at the University of Calgary; R. Michael Roberts, curators professor at MU and F. Robert Tabita, professor of microbiology for Ohio State University.
The candidates will interview for two days, presenting a scientific seminar on the first and answering questions at a forum on the second.
The $60 million Life Sciences center, expected to open next year, will house as many as 40 principal investigators and 350 employees. The center’s research programs will focus on new technologies to improve crop productivity, food safety and animal health and reproduction.
The new director will help shape life sciences endeavors at MU, according to a job description provided by the MU News Bureau. The director will also oversee research team development within the center and will work to improve the production and quality of food and the health of humans and animals.
The interviews will be conducted by both the search committee and by members of the campus community, according to a release. Provost Brady Deaton will make the final decision.