Dr. David Crowe Selected as Interim Associate Dean
Posted on 7/30/2013

The College of Dentistry is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David L. Crowe as Interim Associate Dean for Research, effective August 16, pending the approval of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Dr. Crowe will succeed Dr. Phillip Marucha, who is leaving the College to become Dean of the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry. Dr. Crowe is eminently well-prepared by his virtue of his education and extensive cancer research experience for this important leadership role.

Dr. Crowe graduated with a DDS degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and earned a Doctor of Science in Cell Biology degree from Harvard University. He completed his doctoral research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He also completed residency training in oral pathology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Following postdoctoral research in cancer cell biology at the University of Southern California, he joined the faculty at that institution and was awarded tenure in 2001. Prior to joining the faculty at UIC in 2006, he led the head and neck cancer research group at USC. He served as coordinator of oral cancer research for our College from 2006-2011 and was a fellow of the American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute in 2008-2009.

Dr. Crowe’s research has focused on oral cancer stem cell biology, and his laboratory has published in top cancer research journals including Cancer Research, Oncogene, Nucleic Acids Research, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Molecular Cancer Research, and Molecular Carcinogenesis. His laboratory has been awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and American Institute for Cancer Research.

Dr. Crowe also has extensive teaching experience, including undergraduates, dental students, residents, masters, and PhD degree students. His students have won numerous awards at national research meetings. Dr. Crowe was course director for anatomy at USC, and also taught biochemistry, physiology, pathology, oral pathology, and problem based learning. Since joining the faculty at UIC, he has taught pathology, oral pathology, advanced oral sciences, and been a small group learning facilitator, in addition to mentoring DMD/PhD students. Dr. Crowe has served on many college and university committees, including curriculum, admissions, and student progress.

As Interim Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Crowe is committed to facilitative leadership and a collaborative, results-oriented approach to addressing the rapidly changing research funding environment. He looks forward with enthusiasm to assisting the entire College of Dentistry community in building on its rich research traditions and advancing its research mission toward a brilliant future.