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University of Utah names vice president for research

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Andrew Weyrich

Andrew Weyrich

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SALT LAKE CITY — Andrew Weyrich, most recently associate dean for research at the University of Utah School of Medicine, has been named vice president for research. He succeeds neurobiologist Tom Parks, who retired June 30 after eight years in the job.

“Dr. Weyrich understands what a research program needs to succeed, both as a physiologist and as an associate dean for research at the School of Medicine,” U. President David W. Pershing said in a statement. “His ability to coalesce teams to create collaboration and foster creativity will benefit this important area of the U.’s mission. I look forward to seeing the innovation that emerges under his leadership.”

In his position at the School of Medicine, Weyrich helped develop and implement a strategic research plan and oversaw core facilities, recruitment and retention efforts, and graduate programs.

As a professor of internal medicine, Weyrich holds an H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair, a recognition honoring the university’s top medical researchers.

Weyrich arrived at the U. in 1993 for a postdoctoral fellowship, and he joined the faculty as a research assistant professor in 1995.

Originally an exercise physiologist, Weyrich had built his scientific reputation on investigation of how blood cells impact human thrombotic and inflammatory diseases. To date, his group has procured more than $25 million in research funding from extramural agencies, and he plans to continue his research program as vice president for research.

Weyrich graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College with a bachelor's degree in biology, and has a master’s in health and exercise science from Wake Forest University. He earned his doctorate in physiology/pharmacology from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University prior to arriving at the U.