Dr. Paul Krebsbach has been named the new dean of the school of dentistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He will succeed Dr. No-Hee Park, who has served as dean since 1998 and is now returning to teaching and research, effective June 30.
“Paul brings to UCLA a national reputation as an exceptional leader as well as a deep understanding of the unique mission of public research universities,” said executive vice chancellor and provost Scott Waugh. “I am confident that he will build upon the school of dentistry’s tradition of excellence.”
Krebsbach has been a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan since 1996, where he is the Roy H. Roberts Professor of Dentistry and professor of biomedical engineering. He also has served as chair of the department of biologic and materials sciences and division of prosthodontics since 2005.
“I am thrilled to become part of the UCLA community of scholars,” Krebsbach said. “The school of dentistry attracts the very best students, and the faculty is exceptional. I’m looking forward to working together to take on the new challenges in dental education and to seizing new and exciting opportunities.”
Also, Krebsbach was a senior staff fellow for 3 years at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. He was the recipient of the International Association for Dental Research’s 2010 Distinguished Scientist Award for Basic Research in Biological Mineralization.
Furthermore, Krebsbach holds 2 patents. His research focuses on the cellular and molecular biology of mineralized tissues and self-renewal of adult and pluripotent stem cells. He has been the principal investigator of research funded by nearly $19.5 million in grants as well.
Krebsbach has big shoes to fill, as Park was the school’s longest-serving dean with 18 years in the position. Park is leaving behind a $32 million endowment, and the Dr. No-Hee Park Awards for Excellence will honor his work as well as the work of third-year students who stand out in the art and science of dentistry, research, and leadership.