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Vicki Rosen, PhD
Interim Dean of Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Vicki Rosen was named interim dean of Harvard School of Dental Medicine effective Jan. 1, 2020. A highly respected scientist in the field of bone and mineral research, Dr. Rosen’s career at HSDM spans nearly two decades. As chair of the Department of Developmental Biology, she has overseen the clinical specialties of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, as well as basic research, and has been involved in the education of postdoctoral fellows and residents, students enrolled in the DMD program, and MD and PhD candidates at Harvard Medical School. Additionally, she co-leads HSDM’s PhD Program in Biological Sciences in Dental Medicine and is a principal faculty member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.

Dr. Rosen, who is also professor of developmental biology at HSDM, came to Harvard in 2001 after a serving as a scientist at Genetics Institute, a biotechnology company, where she was a member of the research team that identified the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) genes in 1988. Her laboratory at HSDM studies BMP family molecule signaling in musculoskeletal tissues with the goal of using knowledge gained to enhance tissue repair and regeneration. 

Dr. Rosen’s research has been supported by the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Defense among others. She has been honored with numerous awards, including the Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughn Award for outstanding orthopedic research, the ORS Marshall R. Urist, MD Award for excellence in tissue engineering research, a Raine Medical Research Foundation medal, and most recently, the William F. Neuman Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.