Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Prior to joining the Graduate School as vice provost and dean in 2014, Dr. Montrose served as chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology (since 2004) and interim chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics (since 2012) in the College of Medicine.
Dr. Montrose’s past experience in graduate education is largely centered in fostering multi-disciplinary training. He helped develop a graduate program at Johns Hopkins in molecular medicine, which was an early attempt to span the clinical and research spectrum in graduate training. At Indiana University, he led the development and implementation of a graduate program in biomedical imaging that merged clinical imaging, physics and radiology, and advanced light microscopy imaging. At University of Cincinnati, Dr. Montrose led educational grants that supplied state dollars to help a variety of STEM graduate programs expand the scope of their training to be truly interdisciplinary (e.g. engineering and business programs combined students into teams to develop and market new devices). Dr. Montrose also led an NIH training grant whose goal was to merge computational and biological expertise in the training of graduate students in systems biology.
Dr. Montrose’s background is in biomedical research. His specific interests are in understanding how the epithelial cells that line a wide variety of organs in the body are able to survive the unpredictable and harsh conditions of such an environment. Dr. Montrose’s laboratory has been responsible for developing new models of microscopic injury in the stomach lining and for the discovery that the bacteria that causes ulceration has the ability to home in on such tiny injury sites and slow down wound repair in a matter of minutes.