Mary X.D. O’Riordan, Ph.D., was appointed associate dean for graduate and postdoctoral studies in June 2015. She also serves as the Frederick C. Neidhardt Collegiate Professor and professor of microbiology and immunology.
Dr. O’Riordan oversees graduate education and postdoctoral training in the Medical School and works with the Office of Medical Student Education to explore opportunities for graduate and medical student program coordination. She also represents the Medical School in its interactions with the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and provides guidance and support to student and postdoctoral organizations such as the Graduate Student Council and the Association of Multicultural Scientists.
She received a Master of Arts in molecular biology from Princeton University and her doctorate in immunology from the University of California, San Francisco. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, she joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology in 2003 and was promoted to associate professor in 2010.
Throughout her years on the faculty, Dr. O’Riordan has been active in the educational mission of the Medical School. In addition to teaching and mentoring, she has been a director for a number of graduate-level courses. She has been the thesis advisor for several graduate students and served on numerous dissertation committees. In 2013, she was inducted into the Medical School’s League of Educational Excellence and she also received the Endowment for Biological Sciences Teaching Award. She was selected as a National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow in 2014.