VCU Biology Department has introduced Rima Franklin PH.D. as the new Department Chair. Dr. Franklin will step into the role; previously filled by Derek Johnson PH.D. for the past four years. Rima brings a lot of experience and has served as an Associate Professor for over seven years. Her leadership qualities and ability to work with others will be an integral part of moving the Department of Biology forwards in the coming years.

We also would like to thank Dr. Johnson for the incredible work he accomplished for the department. His leadership throughout his tenure, including the pandemic, has been essential for VCU Biology. We wish him continuous success with his career and research.

Associate Professor Fernando Tenjo will continue to work as Associate Chair after four years serving under Dr. Johnson. His knowledge and understanding will provide an essential need for Dr. Franklin and VCU Biology going onwards.

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