March 13, 2015

Welcome Dr. Howard Crawford!

We are pleased to announce the newest member of our MIP Faculty!

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Howard Crawford who will be joining our MIP faculty as a tenured professor next week (effective March 16th). Howard is joining us from the Mayo Clinic (Department of Cancer Biology) where he also served as Assistant Dean for Mayo’s Graduate School. In addition to Physiology, Howard will hold a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology. In addition to overseeing a robust research program aimed towards understanding molecular pathways in pancreatic adenocarcinoma and pancreatitis, Howard will serve as Director of the Pancreas Research Program in the Departments of Medicine and Molecular & Integrative Physiology, and as Director of the Genetically Engineered Mouse Models of the Pancreatic Cancer Core in the Translational Oncology Program and the Cancer Center. Howard is among the most collaborative investigators any one of us could meet. I know that John Carethers (Chair of Medicine), Chung Owyang (Chief of GI), Max Wicha and Ted Lawrence (past and new Directors of the Cancer Center), Denise Gray-Felder (Chief Communications Officer) and Diane Simeone are equally excited about having Howard and his wife at Michigan; and, in fact, they were instrumental in helping woo them to Ann Arbor.  

We are also delighted that two of Howard’s PhD students from Mayo, Meggie Hoffman and Jeanine Ruggeri, have joined our PhD program. As some of you know, Jeanine and Meggie beat Howard to the move to Ann Arbor and have already been taking classes here since January.

Howard has already been tapped to give a seminar by Diane Simeone's Translational Oncology Program, which will take place tomorrow March 13 at 9 am at NCRC Bldg 10 Research Auditorium. His seminar is titled: “Transdifferentiation, Transformation and Transition in Pancreatic Cancer.” This will be a easy way for you to meet Howard and learn about his research.

We are fortunate and delighted to have Howard Crawford as a member of our University of Michigan physiology family. Please join me in welcoming Howard (email:, and his wife Sally Liaw (who will be working with the Health System Communication Office) to the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor community.