Director Named for LSC
Director Named for Life Sciences Center
After a nationwide search, MU officials announced in December that the director of the University's new Life Sciences Center, scheduled for completion this spring, would not need to travel far to assume his post: He is Michael Roberts, distinguished curators professor of animal sciences at MU and member of the National Academy of Sciences.
"Mike Roberts is an international science leader with the vision, skill and credibility across campus, the state and the world to make the Life Sciences Center a key component in major discoveries for the benefit of the citizens of Missouri as well as those outside of our state," said Provost Brady Deaton in a statement. "Under his leadership, our scientists will be working with colleagues in St. Louis, Kansas City and around the world to find answers to major human health, agricultural and environmental problems."
As director, Roberts will be responsible for working with interdisciplinary teams across campus. Research programs housed in the center will harness new technologies to improve crop productivity, food safety, animal health and reproduction, develop new treatments and diagnostics for human disease and to enhance environmental quality.
"I have a certain amount of trepidation because this represents a new venture for the University," Roberts says. "I hope the center will be a welcoming place for the life sciences with seminars and a variety of exciting graduate and undergraduate research. It will be important that we work to become self-sustaining by generating a sufficient amount of research money.
The state and federal government, private individuals and groups have made significant contributions toward this endeavor, and it's important that we use that investment wisely."