WUCCI’s New Scientific Director Announced

Eduardo Rosa-Molinar, Ph.D.

Dear Colleagues,

The Washington University Center for Cellular Imaging (WUCCI) is delighted to announce that following an international search, Eduardo Rosa-Molinar, Ph.D. has accepted our offer to become the new scientific director of the WUCCI.  Dr. Rosa-Molinar will also be appointed Professor of Cell Biology & Physiology and Neuroscience.  Dr. Rosa-Molinar has an extensive record of impactful research, development of novel microscopy approaches, and commitment to promoting underrepresented minorities in STEMM.  He will join us on July 1, 2024.

Dr. Rosa-Molinar did his graduate work at the University of Nebraska in the lab of Shelton Evans Hendricks II, where he studied sexual differentiation in the anatomy of Western Mosquitofish using histological approaches.  He completed postdoctoral training in the lab of Bernd Fritzsch at Creighton University, where he further assayed how neuroanatomic traits contribute to the development of innate behaviors.  In 1999 Dr. Rosa-Molinar started his lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, where he was promoted to full Professor in 2010.  Since 2015, he has been at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he is the Director of the Microscopy and Analytical Imaging (MAI) Research Laboratory.  In addition to directing the MAI, Dr. Rosa-Molinar is Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology, Neuroscience, and Bioengineering.  He runs a research program aimed at elucidating niche specialization of connexins in heterotypic electrical synapses found in neural microcircuits, and he adopts, develops, and implements optical and electron microscopy techniques to answer his research questions.  

Dr. Rosa-Molinar is committed to mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, teaching, and university and department service.  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancements of Science (AAAS) and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Optica. 

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Rosa-Molinar as he undertakes this critical role at WashU.

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