In this additional capacity, Serio will oversee the academic planning exercise of refreshing college-level strategic plans in collaboration with the Office of University Analytics and Institutional Research, as well as develop and facilitate strategic intercollege collaboration in research and education. She will also join other senior campus leaders on the Campus Leadership Council.

Serio joined UMass as dean of CNS in August 2017 after serving as professor and head of the department of molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona.

Serio’s professional honors include the 2016 Mid-career Award for Excellence in Research from the American Society for Cell Biology, the Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences for 2003-07 and the National Cancer Institute’s Howard Temin Award for 2001-06.

Serio earned a BS in molecular biology from Lehigh University and an MPhil and PhD in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale. She was a postdoctoral fellow in molecular genetics and cell biology at the University of Chicago.

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