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Ambika Mathur (au1432)

Ambika Mathur (au1432)

University Information

Title: Dean
Unit: Graduate School
Department: Graduate School

Contact Information

School of Medicine
Pediatrics
Detroit, 48201

Office of the Provost

Title: Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Provost for Scientific Training Workforce Development and Diversity
Biography:


Ambika Mathur, Ph.D., is Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Scientific Training Workforce Development and Diversity at Wayne State University (WSU). Ambika is deeply committed to the advancement of all aspects of training for high school, undergraduate, medical, master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral trainees.

She has worked closely with the leadership at national organizations and with the deans of WSU’s 12 schools and colleges towards achieving these goals at WSU. She is nationally recognized for establishing an ambitious project which resulted in collection and reporting of career outcomes of 90% of WSU’s 3,000 doctoral alumni graduating in the last 15 years. Importantly, in partnership with all deans and the provost and president, she established a series of innovative strategies that resulted in over 25% increase in graduate enrollment at WSU. This included development of a number of evidence-based innovative graduate programs, some in collaboration with our area employers, as well as a scholarship program to enhance recruitment, retention and completion rates of master’s programs. She has established programs to enhance professional and career development opportunities for doctoral students, including the mandatory use of Individual Development Plans. She is a tireless advocate of holistic admission on campus and contributed to the national discussion to promote diversity and inclusion among trainees.

These efforts have helped WSU in receiving one of only ten Broadening Experience in Scientific Training grant (BEST, a 5 year $1.8 million grant) awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for which Ambika serves as PI. She also serves as a PI of the $21 million NIH-funded ReBUILDetroit program in which she leads WSU in working with Detroit colleges to build a pipeline of undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds for careers in research. She is the director of the Wayne Med-Direct program which emphasizes mentoring and research training to select undergraduate students interested in health disparities, leading to M.D. or combined M.D./Ph.D. degree programs at WSU. Ambika was the first permanent director of the combined M.D./Ph.D. combined degree program, and the founding director of the Office of Postdoctoral affairs at Wayne State University. Ambika has developed these programs in close collaboration and partnership with faculty from across all schools and colleges at WSU, working with over 900 graduate faculty for graduate program advancement, and over 300 faculty in developing the NIH-funded BEST and BUILD training programs.

A cancer immunologist by training and professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Ambika has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and several other agencies for research in cancer immunology, the immunological basis for complementary and alternative medicine interventions in pediatric populations, and has over 120 research publications. Altogether she has been awarded over $30 million in grant funding for cancer research (as faculty) and for research training (as Dean of the Graduate School). Ambika has also published a medical mystery suspense thriller as well as a series of books for children.


 

Office for Teaching & Learning

Title: Dean
Department: Graduate School

Division of Research

Email: ambika.mathur@wayne.edu
Phone: 313-577-2172
Address: 5057 Woodward Ave, Rm 6305
Title: Scientific Advisory Board
Homepage URL: https://wayne.edu/people/au1432
Biography:

Ambika Mathur, Ph.D., is Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Scientific Training Workforce Development and Diversity at Wayne State University (WSU). Ambika is deeply committed to the advancement of all aspects of training for high school, undergraduate, medical, master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral trainees.
She is nationally recognized for establishing an ambitious project which resulted in collection and reporting of career outcomes of 90% of WSU’s 3,000 doctoral alumni graduating in the last 15 years. Importantly, in partnership with all deans and the provost and president, she established a series of innovative strategies that resulted in over 25% increase in graduate enrollment at WSU. She has established programs to enhance professional and career development opportunities for doctoral students, including the mandatory use of Individual Development Plans.
These efforts have helped WSU in receiving one of only ten Broadening Experience in Scientific Training grant (BEST, a 5 year $1.8 million grant) awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for which Ambika serves as PI. She also serves as a PI of the $21 million NIH-funded ReBUILDetroit program in which she leads WSU in working with Detroit colleges to build a pipeline of undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds for careers in research.
A cancer immunologist by training and professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Ambika has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and several other agencies for research in cancer immunology, the immunological basis for complementary and alternative medicine interventions in pediatric populations, and has over 120 research publications

Department: Graduate School
School/College: Graduate School

Graduate School

Title: Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost
Phone: 313-577-1324
Email: au1432@wayne.edu
Bio Sketch:

Ambika Mathur, Ph.D., is Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Scientific Training Workforce Development and Diversity at Wayne State University (WSU). Ambika is deeply committed to the advancement of all aspects of training for high school, undergraduate, medical, master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral trainees.

She has worked closely with the leadership at national organizations and with the deans of WSU’s 12 schools and colleges towards achieving these goals at WSU. She is nationally recognized for establishing an ambitious project which resulted in collection and reporting of career outcomes of 90% of WSU’s 3,000 doctoral alumni graduating in the last 15 years. Importantly, in partnership with all deans and the provost and president, she established a series of innovative strategies that resulted in over 25% increase in graduate enrollment at WSU. This included development of a number of evidence-based innovative graduate programs, some in collaboration with our area employers, as well as a scholarship program to enhance recruitment, retention and completion rates of master’s programs. She has established programs to enhance professional and career development opportunities for doctoral students, including the mandatory use of Individual Development Plans. She is a tireless advocate of holistic admission on campus and contributed to the national discussion to promote diversity and inclusion among trainees.

These efforts have helped WSU in receiving one of only ten Broadening Experience in Scientific Training grant (BEST, a 5 year $1.8 million grant) awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for which Ambika serves as PI. She also serves as a PI of the $21 million NIH-funded ReBUILDetroit program in which she leads WSU in working with Detroit colleges to build a pipeline of undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds for careers in research. She is the director of the Wayne Med-Direct program which emphasizes mentoring and research training to select undergraduate students interested in health disparities, leading to M.D. or combined M.D./Ph.D. degree programs at WSU. Ambika was the first permanent director of the combined M.D./Ph.D. combined degree program, and the founding director of the Office of Postdoctoral affairs at Wayne State University. Ambika has developed these programs in close collaboration and partnership with faculty from across all schools and colleges at WSU, working with over 900 graduate faculty for graduate program advancement, and over 300 faculty in developing the NIH-funded BEST and BUILD training programs.

A cancer immunologist by training and professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Ambika has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and several other agencies for research in cancer immunology, the immunological basis for complementary and alternative medicine interventions in pediatric populations, and has over 120 research publications. Altogether she has been awarded over $30 million in grant funding for cancer research (as faculty) and for research training (as Dean of the Graduate School). Ambika has also published a medical mystery suspense thriller as well as a series of books for children.


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