Internationally acclaimed scientist Susan V. Bryant is vice chancellor for research at UCI and will retire in June. Her longtime service as a teacher, researcher, administrator and leader has been a driving force on a wide range of important initiatives, from stem cell research to advancing gender diversity in the sciences. Most recently, in her four years as vice chancellor, she guided the campus through significant increases in government and private support for research and scholarship; streamlined and reorganized the Office of Research to better meet the campus’s changing needs; strengthened campus research centers; and oversaw initiatives designed to facilitate technology transfer.
Bryant served as dean of biological sciences from 2000 to 2006. Since joining the UCI faculty in 1969, she also has held numerous other administrative positions, including interim dean of biological sciences, assistant vice chancellor for plans and programs, chair of developmental and cell biology, and program director of the National Science Foundation developmental biology program. Her honors include being an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of the Association for Women in Science. She serves as a member of the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and of the California Council on Science and Technology.
Bryant is a leading expert in the study of limb regeneration. Her research, which has resulted in more than 100 publications, has focused on the fundamental rules of regeneration and may one day lead to new approaches and therapies for replacing and repairing lost, damaged or diseased parts of the human body.