Dean's Office


Reception: (858) 53 2-4622


M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm


Natural Sciences Building, Suite 6205
Nearest intersection: Scholars Dr S & La Jolla Shores Drive
Closest Visitor Parking: Meters in Parking Lot P103

Mailing Address

Biological Sciences Dean's Office
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code: 0376
La Jolla, CA 92093-0376

Academic Leadership

    • Lorraine Pillus
      Lorraine Pillus, Ph.D.
      Associate Dean
      (858) 24 6-1783
      (858) 24 6-1783
    • Laurie Smith
      Laurie Smith, Ph.D.
      Director of Undergraduate Education
      (858) 82 2-2531
      (858) 82 2-2531
      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.
    • Gentry Patrick
      Gentry Patrick, Ph.D.
      Director of Mentorship and Diversity
      (858) 53 4-4838
      (858) 53 4-4838
      As Director of Mentorship and Diversity, Dr. Patrick drives efforts to bridge the Division and UC San Diego campus to the San Diego community, build collaborative partnerships with key community partners, improve upon diversity among students and faculty on campus, and create a more inclusive environment within the Division of Biological Sciences.

Administrative Staff

    • John C. Bauer
      John C. Bauer
      Assistant Dean and Executive Officer
      (858) 53 4-8202
      (858) 53 4-8202
      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
      Melanie Ridenour
      Senior Personnel Analyst
      (858) 53 4-1967
      (858) 53 4-1967
      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.
    • Alex Tea
      Alex Tea
      Dean’s Office Executive Assistant
      (858) 53 4-4281
      (858) 53 4-4281
      Alex assists the Dean with the operations of the Dean’s Office, manages the Dean’s calendar, and provides administrative support to the Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, and Director of Undergraduate Education.

External Relations / Communications / Development Staff

  • This is a picture of Mario Aguilera
    Mario Aguilera
    Director of Communications
    (858) 82 2-5148
    (858) 82 2-5148
    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.
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    Senior Director of Development
    For gift-related inquiries, please contact Anne Harris, SEDOD, For all other inquiries, please contact Renee Werthmann, (858) 24  6-1608
  • Sarah Turner
    Sarah R. Turner
    Director of Alumni Engagement
    (858) 53 4-5635
    (858) 53 4-5635
    Sarah's goal is to cultivate and sustain meaningful connections with Biological Sciences' valued alumni both locally and regionally through programming, in-person visits, events, and activities. Her mission is to bring value to alumni by providing opportunities for them to re-connect to UC San Diego and the Division of Biological Sciences.

    Sarah will be on maternity leave November 1, 2018 to April 1, 2019. Please contact Ryan Crawford, Director of Alumni Engagement 858-534-5635 with all Biological Sciences alumni related topics.

  • Leigh Eck
    Leigh Eck
    PATHS Program Coordinator
    (858) 53 4-1920
    (858) 53 4-1920
    Leigh Eck serves as the primary liaison for all campus and community partners of the PATHS Program as well as the general public. In addition to the coordination of all programming, operations, financials, communications, and outreach associated with PATHS, she also actively participates in fundraising efforts for the program and serves as a point of support for selected PATHS Scholars and their families.
  • Allyson Aguero
    Allyson Aguero
    Dean's Office & External Affairs Specialist
    (858) 82 2-4622
    (858) 82 2-4622
    Allyson performs a wide range of duties in support of the Dean's Office of Biological Sciences, including: office reception and maintenance, meeting coordination and logistics, fiscal processing, travel, research and data analysis, events, and special projects.