Ram Dixit, Professor of Biology
Hani Zaher, Associate Professor of Biology

The Program Directors serve as co-chairs of the Steering Committee and must be full-time Washington University faculty members whose primary affiliation is with PMB.  Only Program members who are full-time Washington University faculty are eligible to participate in the selection of Steering Committee members and selection of the Program Director(s).

The Steering Committee is responsible for advising program directors and establishing Program guidelines.  The Committee is composed of 4-6 faculty whose primary affiliations are with the PMB Program.

PMB students select 1-2 representatives to the Steering Committee to provide feedback and suggestions from the students’ perspective.  At least one adjunct faculty member from a partner institution also serves as a representative to the Steering Committee.

The current PMB Steering Committee consists of:

Program Directors:  Ram Dixit & Hani Zaher, Co-Directors

Program Steering Committee:  Arpita Bose, Mario Feldman, Elizabeth Haswell, Joseph Jez, Barbara Kunkel, Toni Kutchan (DDPSC), Himadri Pakrasi, Jim Umen (DDPSC)

Graduate student representatives to the Steering Committee:  Patricia Walker, Ryan Emenecker

The PMB Program Directors and Steering Committee advise each new student.  Program directors provide guidance concerning course work and lab rotations and are responsible for overseeing program requirements.  Once the student has chosen a thesis laboratory and passed their Qualifying Examination, a thesis advisory committee is formed and assumes primary responsibility for monitoring student progress.  The Steering Committee monitors written reports of the thesis committees and ensures that students schedule meetings with their advisory committees at appropriate intervals, not to exceed one year.