Duronio named new director of Program in Molecular Biology Biotechnology

Dr. Duronio joined the UNC faculty in 1995, and is currently Professor of Biology and Genetics and a member of the PMBB and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He will continue as an Assistant Dean for Research in the School of Medicine but is stepping down as Director of the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Dr. Duronio joined the UNC faculty in 1995, and is currently Professor of Biology and Genetics and a member of the PMBB and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.  He is a leader in the field of cell cycle regulation using Drosophila as a model system.  His lab combines genetics, cell biology and biochemistry in studies of the control of chromosome replication, focusing both on the regulation of DNA replication, as well as on the regulation of expression of histone genes and synthesis of the histone proteins.  His studies in Drosophila have led to new insights into cell cycle regulation in mammalian cells.  Dr. Duronio’s research is well suited for the PMBB’s new mission theme of ‘Model Organisms to Human Biology’.

Dr. Duronio will continue as an Assistant Dean for Research in the School of Medicine.  He is stepping down as Director of the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology.  He has served in this position since 2003.  Additionally he served as Interim co-Director of the Biomedical and Biological Sciences Program when it was formed.  The SOM’s Office of Graduate Education will conduct an internal search for the next Director of the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology.

We want to thank Dr. William Marzluff for his many years of service as Director of the PMBB.  His leadership developed a program that has created a strong collaborative effort between the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences.  This will continue to be an important part of the PMBB mission.