University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Welcome reception for Malak Kotb is Sept. 19

Malak Kotb

Malak Kotb

Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Joshua Wynne and Senior Associate Dean Gwen W. Halaas invite you to join them in welcoming Malak Kotb as the founding chair of the new Department of Basic Sciences at the School. The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., with a brief program at 3 p.m., in the Vennes Atrium at the School, 501 North Columbia Road, Grand Forks. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Kotb, a noted infectious disease and biodefense expert, was named the founding chair of the Department of Basic Sciences in March. She began work as chair at UND on July 1.

She was a tenured professor since 2008 at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine's Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology/ Immunology and a former chair of the department. She was also a member of the Institute for Military Medicine Research in the Department of Surgery. Kotb, former director of the Mid-South Center for Biodefense and Security and the Midwest Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, which are multidisciplinary research and education centers, will continue her own research program, but her primary focus will be on managing the new department.

For more information about Malak Kotb, please visit

-- Denis MacLeod, assistant director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, (701) 777-2733,