A renowned researcher and a leader at McMaster for almost 20 years, Karen Mossman has been appointed the university’s new vice-president, Research.
“The search brought forward a strong and diverse field of candidates and to be able to appoint such an excellent contender from within the university speaks to the unique blend of talent, experience and vision that Karen brings to the role,” said McMaster president David Farrar.
“Her ambition for McMaster research and her vision for advancing the research enterprise across the entire university with the goal of transforming both our local and global communities is inspiring.”
The vice-president, Research appointment has now been approved by both the Senate and the Board following a unanimous recommendation from the selection committee.
“The success of research at McMaster relies on researchers reaching across the lab, the Faculties and the institution to find new paths forward. It requires us to be nimble enough to pursue opportunities as they arise, including bridging any gaps between research and commercialization, and pushing the boundaries of what we know and teach,” said Mossman.
“Our creative, collaborative and interdisciplinary spirit has proven so effective during this pandemic and it’s so important we build on that. Supporting the journey of our researchers is the most important part of the VPR’s role and I am committed to collaborating across the campus to help McMaster maximize its global impact and its focus on inclusive excellence.”
Mossman joined McMaster in 2001 as an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine after earning her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta.
She has served as the chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, associate vice-president, Research and this past year as the acting vice-president, Research.
She is an internationally renowned virologist with expertise in understanding the basic properties of viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, to developing viruses as cancer therapeutics. She has served in a variety of executive positions with international societies and on journal and grant review boards.
Since joining McMaster University, she has mentored over 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students.
Mossman’s appointment takes effect July 1.
“I have worked with incredible people at McMaster including the dedicated staff of the Research Office,” said Mossman. “My approach to leadership is to learn and listen and I look forward to working with people across the university as we differentiate McMaster and continue to mobilize research to help advance some of the most pressing issues our world is facing.”