ORG Virginia Commonwealth University Title BIO Tom Huff, Virginia Commonwealth University professor of microbiology and immunology, assumed his position as Vice Provost for Life Sciences in May 2001 after having been interim for a year. Dr. Huff received his undergraduate degree in microbiology from Clemson University in 1974 and his doctorate in immunology from the University of Louisville in 1980. He was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral research fellow in immunology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 1980-83 and remained on faculty at Johns Hopkins until coming to VCU in 1985. While on VCUs faculty, he was a recipient of an NIH Research Career Development Award. Dr. Huff teaches courses in immunology at VCU and has published numerous articles on his research, primarily in the area of mast cell differentiation and development. He is a former leader of the immune mechanisms program at the VCU Massey Cancer Center and is presently director of the Institutional Grants Program at the Center. He is the Principal Investigator for VCUs institutional research grant from the American Cancer Society. Since April 2000, Dr. Huff has directed VCU Life Sciences to accomplish a number of important missions as part of developing an overall University program to integrate Life Sciences education and scholarship on the campuses of Virginia Commonwealth University. These include the establishment of a number of new VCU programs, including the Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences on the James River, the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity, new undergraduate and graduate curricula in Life Sciences, the Bioinformatics Computational Core Laboratory, the VCU Governors School in Medicine and Life Sciences, and the Maymont-VCU Discovery Institute.