Ambika Mathur, Ph.D., is Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Scientific Training Workforce Development and Diversity at Wayne State University (WSU). Ambika is deeply committed to the advancement of all aspects of training for high school, undergraduate, medical, master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral trainees.
She is nationally recognized for establishing an ambitious project which resulted in collection and reporting of career outcomes of 90% of WSU’s 3,000 doctoral alumni graduating in the last 15 years. Importantly, in partnership with all deans and the provost and president, she established a series of innovative strategies that resulted in over 25% increase in graduate enrollment at WSU. She has established programs to enhance professional and career development opportunities for doctoral students, including the mandatory use of Individual Development Plans.
These efforts have helped WSU in receiving one of only ten Broadening Experience in Scientific Training grant (BEST, a 5 year $1.8 million grant) awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for which Ambika serves as PI. She also serves as a PI of the $21 million NIH-funded ReBUILDetroit program in which she leads WSU in working with Detroit colleges to build a pipeline of undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds for careers in research.
A cancer immunologist by training and professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Ambika has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and several other agencies for research in cancer immunology, the immunological basis for complementary and alternative medicine interventions in pediatric populations, and has over 120 research publications