named dean of the Graduate School
in May, a role which will add to the
11 years he has been part of USD.
The chemistry professor now has
administrative responsibility for
the university’s graduate programs,
policies and staff, with a primary
focus on improving graduate student
recruitment and credential completion while enhancing the
diversity and inclusion in graduate programs.
Koodali obtained his bachelor’s degrees in chemistry,
physics and mathematics from Loyola College in Chennai,
India. He continued his studies at the Indian Institute of
Technology, Madras, where he obtained both a master’s
degree in chemistry and a doctorate in photocatalysis.
Koodali has also assisted with research at the Hebrew
University in Jerusalem, the University of Houston, and
Kansas State University, and published more than 125 works.
William G. Mayhan,
began his role as dean of the Division
of Basic Biomedical Sciences at the
University of South Dakota Sanford
School of Medicine in March.
Formerly the head of the Department
of Cellular Biology and Anatomy
at the Louisiana State University
Health Sciences Center in Shreveport,
Louisiana, Mayhan brings more than 30 years of professional
knowledge and experience to USD.
Mayhan received his bachelor’s degree from Creighton
University and doctorate from the University of Nebraska,
both in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. He then pursued
his postdoctoral studies at the University of Iowa. An avid
researcher, he has received funding from the National Institutes
of Health since 1983. The new dean has collaborated with
the American Heart Association and the National Science
Foundation research on numerous occasions, and has published
more than 200 works.
chair of the anthropology and
sociology departments on June 1.
He has been part of the USD
community since 2011 as an
assistant professor of anthropology.
Sayre graduated from the
University of Chicago with a bachelor’s
degree in anthropology, then moved
to the West Coast to pursue both a master’s degree and Ph.D.
in anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. After
graduating, he served as a post-doctoral fellow with Stanford
University and later as a program director at the Institute of
Andean Studies in Berkeley, California. He has been actively
researching the Chavin de Huantar site in the Peruvian Andes
since 2002, where he studies the ecological, agricultural,
economic and ritual practices of past Chavin inhabitants. His
research has been supported by grants and funding from USD
and the National Science Foundation.
The USD Sanford School of Medicine
and Sanford Clinic has named
, M.D., Ph.D.,
F.A.C.P., as chair of the Department
of Internal Medicine. He also holds
a position as enterprise director
of pharmacogenetics, the study of
inherited genetic differences in drug
responses, at Sanford Imagenetics.
Wilke received his medical and doctoral degrees in
pharmacology and toxicology from the Medical College
of Wisconsin. He went on to hold faculty positions at the
University of Wisconsin, the Medical College of Wisconsin
and Vanderbilt University. He most recently practiced
general internal medicine at the Sanford Medical Center in
Fargo, North Dakota, and is part of the clinical faculty at
the University of North Dakota. His research in the field has
been funded by the National Institutes of Health, and he has
published more than 100 works relating to drug response.
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