Vice Dean of Research and Graduate Programs
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Linda D. Hazlett, Ph.D., is vice dean for Research for the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Dr. Hazlett, distinguished professor and chair of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and distinguished professor of Ophthalmology, and of Immunology and Microbiology, is also the chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.
Dr. Hazlett joined the Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1971, and after a national search was named chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in 1995. In 1989, she was awarded the Charles Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellowship by the university. She was the recipient of the university’s first Interdisciplinary Program Development Award in 1991. In 2002 she was inducted into the WSU Academy of Scholars, in 2008 was named distinguished professor and in 2012 received a prestigious Alcon Research Award totaling $100,000 to be used to facilitate her National Institutes of Health R01-supported research.
She has successfully secured additional funding for one of the university’s longest-running grants related to vision research, the P30 Core Vision Center from the National Eye Institute of the NIH. The continuation of this grant for the 2014-2019 period amounts to $2.5 million, and keeps the grant in effect at WSU for 36 years.
She is a member of the American Association of Anatomists, the American Society for Cell Biology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the International Society for Eye Research, the American Society for Microbiology and the American Association of Immunologists. She is a member of the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research/Alliance for Eye and Vision Research Board.
A widely published researcher, with 175 peer reviewed papers and 22 book chapters, Dr. Hazlett’s major research interests are ocular infection and pathogenesis, inflammation, and innate immunity. She holds two provisional patents for treatment of bacterial keratitis.