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Zhang Named Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

January 20, 2011

Tracy Ann Raef, College of Veterinary Medicine, (515) 294-4602, traef@iastate.edu

Dr. Qijing Zhang, Frank K. Ramsey Endowed Chair in Veterinary Medicine, has been named interim associate dean for research and graduate studies for the College of Veterinary Medicine, effective January 15. Dr. Zhang, a professor of veterinary microbiology, replaces Dr. Lisa K. Nolan who served as associate dean prior to accepting the position of dean at the college.

“Dr. Zhang is an internationally recognized and accomplished researcher in the area of food safety and antibiotic resistance,” said Dr. Nolan, Juelsgaard Endowed Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “He is passionate and committed to educating and training future scientists, and will be a tremendous addition to the administrative team during this transition. I look forward to working with him.”

Dr. Zhang received his veterinary degree in 1983 from the Shandong Agricultural University in China. In 1986 he received his master’s degree in veterinary microbiology from the National Institute of Veterinary Biologics (Beijing, China). He earned his PhD in immunobiology from Iowa State University in 1994, and completed post-doctorate training in molecular microbiology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to joining the faculty at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, Dr. Zhang was an assistant professor in the Food Animal Health Research Program in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University.

At Iowa State, Dr. Zhang has served on the Biotechnology Council and several college committees including as chair of the Research Advisory Committee and the International Development Committee. In 2007, he received the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence. He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and the past chair of Division Z (Animal Health). Dr. Zhang is also member of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases and served as the section leader for Food and Environmental Safety during 2004-2006. Dr. Zhang’s research has been supported by grants from USDA and NIH, and he has served on a number of grant review panels at USDA and NIH.