J. Martin Scholtz Appointed Interim Department Head of Medical Biochemistry and Genetics at College of Medicine

June 2, 2003

J. Martin Scholtz, Ph.D., has been appointed interim head of the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Genetics in the College of Medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center by Christopher Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the College. The appointment of Dr. Scholtz is effective as of June 1, 2003, and will last for one year, or until a permanent department head is selected.
Dr. Scholtz received his Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry from the University of California – Berkeley in 1989, and his bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1984. He completed post-doctoral fellowship work with Professor Robert L. Baldwin at the Stanford University School of Medicine and was appointed a Montague Scholar from the Center for Teaching Excellence in 1998.
Dr. Scholtz has received numerous awards and recognition, including the College of Medicine Junior Investigator Award in 1998, and the Teacher / Scholar Award from the University Honors Program at Texas A&M University. He has also been recognized with a Junior Faculty Research Award from the American Cancer Society and as an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association.
Dr. Scholtz joined the faculty of the College of Medicine in 1993 in the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Genetics. He is currently associate professor in the department and holds a joint appointment with the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. He serves as faculty director of the Protein Chemistry Laboratory and as associate director of the Center for Advanced Biomolecular Research.
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center serves the state as a distributed, statewide health science center which has a presence in communities throughout Texas. The health science center includes five components which are dedicated to meeting the highest standards in health education, outreach and research: the College of Medicine, Baylor College of Dentistry, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the School of Rural Public Health.

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