Mark R. Haussler, PhD
After obtaining a B.S. in chemistry from UCLA and a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of California, Riverside, Dr. Haussler was introduced to molecular medicine during his postdoctoral tenure at the University of Pennsylvania, the oldest allopathic medical school in the USA. Applying basic science research to clinical problems has become a career and a passion for Dr. Haussler, coupled to his interest in the education of medical, graduate and undergraduate students. As a scholar-educator, he values the research-teaching interface, and believes that these two endeavors are mutually supportive in the improvement of human health. Impact in both arenas is achievable if one specializes, as he has in the molecular pathobiology of endocrine-related bone and mineral disorders, such as osteoporosis. Dr. Haussler's laboratory at The University of Arizona has been continuously funded by the NIH for over three decades, with a total of 61 equivalent years of R01 support from two grants, each of which achieved MERIT status. He has also taught first year medical students for a number of years, and was voted a Lifetime Educator of the Year by the students at The University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2003. In 2005, he became part of the exciting new task of partnering with ASU to launch a branch campus of The University of Arizona College of Medicine in the Phoenix downtown biomedical corridor. His laboratory moved from Tucson to the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative Building on the Phoenix campus in late Spring of 2007. In Phoenix, Dr. Haussler served (2005-2009) as the Founding Head of Basic Medical Sciences, an integrated department with faculty in all of the traditional (anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, etc.) and new (biomedical informatics, human genetics, molecular biology, etc.) disciplines represented. The department's mission is to educate physicians for 21st Century Arizona, and to contribute to the biomedical research enterprise in Phoenix. In 2010, Dr. Haussler was appointed SRP Valley of the Sun Endowed Professor, the first named Chair at the College of Medicine-Phoenix.