Kenneth Byron, PhD, named assistant provost for research at Loyola

News Archive January 16, 2014

Kenneth Byron, PhD, named assistant provost for research at Loyola

MAYWOOD, Ill. –  Kenneth Byron, PhD, professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, has been promoted to Assistant Provost for Research in the Health Sciences Division.

Byron will focus on establishing and maintaining the infrastructure to facilitate competitive, extramurally funded research in the Health Sciences Division. He will report to Richard Kennedy, PhD, vice provost, Research and Graduate Programs.

“Ken’s experience and dedication will have a very positive impact on our research programs,” said Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, senior vice president and provost of Health Sciences at Loyola.

Byron received a BA in Natural Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1980 and a PhD from the University of Chicago in 1990. He did postdoctoral training as a Wellcome Trust Fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at Cambridge University from 1990 to 1993.

Byron  joined Loyola in 1993 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to professor in 2010, and has served as graduate program director in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics since 2005.

Byron has directed an extramurally funded research program at Loyola for the past 20 years, focusing on calcium signaling and regulation of ion channels in vascular and airway smooth muscle. He has served as an ad hoc member of several National Institutes of Health, Veterans Affairs, American Heart Association and state scientific review groups since 1994. Currently, he serves as a member of the Hypertension and Microcirculation Study Section of the NIH

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