Santiago Schnell, D.Phil., appointed chair of Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology

February 19, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

On Thursday, the board of regents approved the appointment of Santiago Schnell, D.Phil., as chair of the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology in the U-M Medical School, effective March 1. He had served as interim chair of the department since August 2017.

Schnell 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 U-M in 2008 as an associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology. In 2013, he was appointed as associate professor, then to professor in 2015, and recently was named as the John A. Jacquez Collegiate Professor of Physiology.

Schnell’s 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: the development of standard-methods to obtain high-quality measurements in the biomedical sciences, and 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.

Please congratulate Schnell as he continues his successful leadership of the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology.