The University of Michigan Board of Regents today (Feb. 18) approved Santiago Schnell, D.Phil., as chair of the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, effective March 1s, 2021. Dr. Schnell has interim chair of the department since August 2017.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Universidad Simon Bolivar, and his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 2002, and completed a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship at that institution. He was appointed as an assistant professor at Indiana University in 2004, and joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2008 as an associate professor in the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology. In 2013, he was jointly appointed as associate professor in the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics. He was promoted to professor in both departments in 2015, and was named as the John A Jacquez Collegiate Professor of Physiology in 2016.
His research program departs from the premise that there is a continuum between health and disease; if we are capable of measuring this continuum, we will be in the position of detecting disease earlier and understanding it better to intervene more precisely. His laboratory focuses on two broad areas: (1) the development of standard-methods to obtain high-quality measurements in the biomedical sciences, and (2) the development of mathematical models of complex physiological systems. His work has substantially altered the view of measuring and modeling enzyme-catalyzed reactions within cells, where the environment is heterogeneous and characterized by high macromolecular content.
An internationally renowned mathematical physiologist, he has 145 peer-reviewed publications, one book, and has received multiple awards in recognition of his research and teaching endeavors. He has remained funded by external and internal sources throughout his career. He served as associate director of the Indiana University Biocomplexity Institute, and president of the Society for Mathematical Biology.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society of Mathematical Biology, and Latin American Academy of Sciences. He has been recognized as an emerging leader in health and medicine by the National Academy of Medicine, and was inducted into the Medical School League of Educational Excellence).