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Position Title
Professor of Genetics

Inaugural Exploration Committee


Dr. Ken Burtis currently serves as the faculty advisor to the Chancellor and to the Provost of UC Davis, with primary responsibilities centered on coordination of the planning process for growth of the campus over the next decade, covering the areas of enrollment management, facilities planning and academic resources.

From 2005 to 2011, Dr. Burtis served a year as Interim Dean and then as Dean of the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis, which includes over 5000 undergraduate students, 450 graduate students and 125 faculty. Named as the first dean of the newly established college in 2006, his involvement with biology at UC Davis spans almost four decades, during which time he has been a student, staff member, professor and administrator. He joined UC Davis as an undergraduate in 1972, earning his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1976, and working until 1979 as a research associate. After earning a PhD in biochemistry and conducting postdoctoral research at Stanford University from 1979 to 1988, he returned to UC Davis as an assistant professor of genetics. Prior to his appointment as dean, Burtis served as chair of the Genetics Graduate Group, vice-chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, associate director of the UC Davis Genome Center, and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs in the College of Biological Sciences.