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Message from the Dean

December 2016:

It is hard to believe that 2016 is coming to a close, but the year’s end is always a great time to reflect on our accomplishments and to look forward to our goals for the next year.  

In 2016, the School and campus welcomed its largest and most diverse class of students ever. The Ayala School boasts one of the best minority science programs in the country, and many of our minority science students have won recognition for their outstanding research contributions. In addition, our faculty have made important advances in areas of cancer, obesity, the microbiome, skin biology, dementia, head trauma, malaria, and the environment. I am very proud of the significant and impactful accomplishments of our hardworking and dedicated faculty. This year, we saw some of them receive recognition for their research in genetics and from prestigious organizations like the Pew Foundation and also the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

In the upcoming year, we will work diligently to strengthen ties to our alumni, providing them with opportunities to increase their network and to ensure that the Ayala School still plays a pivotal role in their lives. I hope you all enjoy this festive time of year and I wish a healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year to you all.

With warm regards,




Frank M. LaFerla

Hana and Francisco J. Ayala Dean