Dean's Office

Location

University of California, San Diego
Natural Sciences Building 6205
Mail Code: 0346
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0346

Contact

General: (858) 53 2-4622

    • Bill McGinnis

      Bill McGinnis, Ph.D.
      Dean
      (858) 53 4-4281
      wmcginnis@ucsd.edu

    • Lorraine Pillus

      Lorraine Pillus, Ph.D.
      Associate Dean
      Pacific Hall 2100A
      (858) 24 6-1783
      lpillus@ucsd.edu

    • Laurie Smith

      Laurie Smith, Ph.D.
      Director of Undergraduate Education
      (858) 82 2-2531
      lgsmith@ucsd.edu

      Leads and coordinates the undergraduate education mission of the Division, including planning and staffing of courses, appointment of instructors, and curriculum development. Provides oversight for activities of the DO/Bio (Discovering Opportunities in Biology) Center, CCE/Bio (Center for Continuing Education in Biosciences), and other student-centered activities within the Division.

Administrative Staff

    • John C. Bauer
      Assistant Dean and Executive Officer
      (858) 53 4-8202
      jcbauer@ucsd.edu

      Responsible for budgetary and fiscal matters, space planning, and analysis and policy development; consults on academic personnel policy, divisional safety program, capital planning, and divisional administrative questions and organizational issues.

    • Melanie Ridenour
      Senior Personnel Analyst
      (858) 53 4-1967
      mridenour@ucsd.edu

      Serves as academic personnel point of contact for the division; reviews and analyzes all academic personnel actions; provides counsel to the Dean, Section Chairs, faculty and staff regarding current, proposed and new academic personnel policies, procedures and practices.  Melanie also coordinates endowed chair appointments and works on various special projects.

External Relations / Communications / Development Staff

  • This is a picture of Mario Aguilera

    Mario Aguilera
    Director of Communications
    (858) 82 2-5148
    maguilera@ucsd.edu

    Serves as the communications director for Biological Sciences; publicizes research and other features of the division through news releases, articles, interviews, videos, and social media.

  • Katarina Trojnar

    Katarina Trojnar
    Senior Director of Development
    (858) 53 4-1966
    ktrojnar@ucsd.edu

    Katarina's major focus is on cultivating new major-gift donors for Biological Sciences, including attention on building the division’s corporate and foundation relations.

  • Drew Santos
    Assistant Director of Development
    (858) 53 4-5635
    dwsantos@ucsd.edu

    Drew specializes in creating meaningful and lasting connections and maximizing the impact of philanthropic gifts by matching individual and industry interests with divisional programs and causes.

  • Leigh Eck

    Leigh Eck
    Development & Diversity Outreach Assistant
    (858) 53 4-1920
    leck@ucsd.edu

    Leigh coordinates programmatic and fundraising efforts and communications for diversity and inclusion related initiatives for the Division of Biological Sciences.