Tracy Johnson, professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology and holder of the Keith and Cecilia Terasaki Presidential Endowed Chair, has been named dean of the division of life sciences in the college at the University of California, Los Angeles, effective Sept. 1.
An award-winning scientist whose research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of gene regulation, particularly RNA splicing, chromatin modification and the intersection between these reactions, Dr. Johnson has been a member of the faculty since 2013 and has served as associate dean for inclusive excellence in the division of life sciences since January 2015. Prior to her appointment at UCLA, Dr. Johnson was a member of the University of California, San Diego biological sciences faculty from 2003 to 2013.
“These extraordinary times provide an opportunity for UCLA Life Sciences to exercise leadership in new and previously unimaginable ways across the UCLA campus, the city of Los Angeles, the state of California, the nation and beyond,” Professor Johnson said. “I am honored to be a steward of these incredible opportunities to build on a foundation of excellence as we move forward into an exciting future.”
Professor Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and cell biology at the University of California, San Diego and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley.