The Indiana University School of Medicine has appointed Tom Hurley associate dean for research and graduate studies. He is a biochemistry researcher and mentor, who also earned his PhD at the school. Hurley will lead the IU School of Medicine’s Graduate Division, which helps support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows pursuing the careers in research that are crucial to advancing scientific discovery in the field of medicine.

The new role is an addition to his current appointments as a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and interim-chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at IU School of Medicine, a Chancellor’s Professor at IUPUI, and a leader of the IU Precision Health Initiative. Hurley earned a PhD in biochemistry from IU School of Medicine and completed postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before joining the IU School of Medicine faculty in 1992.

Hurley succeeds Randy R. Brutkiewicz, PhD, who will transition to from his position as an associate dean to focus more on his own research efforts—particularly related to cancer immunology and neuroimmunology.