Message from the Chair



My name is Vance Vredenburg, and I am incredibly honored to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the newly elected Chair of the Department of Biology. I am proud to be the first Latino to hold this position in the department, representing the rich diversity that is inherent to our academic community. Having a multinational family and growing up in both Mexico and the United States, I bring a unique perspective shaped by my multicultural experiences.

Like our entire department, I am committed to creating a safe, supportive, and anti-racist, anti-sexist environment in which students from diverse racial, ethnic, gender, sexuality, socio-economic, and other backgrounds are equally and inclusively supported in their education and training. I believe it is our shared responsibility to ensure that the Department of Biology is a safe and supportive environment for students from all walks of life. By embracing the diverse perspectives and backgrounds of our students, faculty, and staff, we can create an inclusive atmosphere where everyone can thrive.I want to express my gratitude for giving me the opportunity to serve all of you as Chair, and I am eager to meet each of you, learn from your expertise, and collaborate on exciting new ventures.

Together, we will continue to elevate the excellent reputation of our department and make significant contributions to the field of biology and to our society.I am thrilled to be part of this extraordinary community and look forward to a fruitful and rewarding journey together.