Brandeis University has appointed a noted medical researcher to be its next provost, the second-ranking member of the administration. In his new role, Steve Goldstein will not be starting from scratch on the Waltham campus: He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the college.
Goldstein, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and director of the Institute of Molecular Pediatric Sciences, succeeds Marty Krauss, who announced last summer that he would step down this month after eight years in the post.
“Steve’s distinguished academic and professional record, his deep affection for Brandeis, and his powerful intellect will help to shape the future of the university for years to come,” Brandeis President Fred Lawrence said in a statement.
Brandeis isn't Goldstein's only previous link to the Boston area. The New York City native earned a medical degree and a doctorate in immunology from Harvard, and he did his pediatric internship, residency and a clinical fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Children’s Hospital Boston.
He is a leading authority on the molecular mechanisms underlying normal cardiac function and sudden life-threatening diseases of the heart, Brandeis said.
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