URBANA, Ill. - Elvira de Mejia has been named as the director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences (DNS) at the University of Illinois.
Dr. de Mejia has over 15 years of experience as a faculty member in the U of I Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, and DNS. She has almost 10 years of experience as interim assistant dean for the College of ACES Office of Research, where she has led the Research Academy and the ACES Summer Internship Program.
“Dr. de Mejia brings a wealth of experience in research, teaching, administration, international cooperation, internal and external interdisciplinary collaborations, industry relations, and interdepartmental programs,” says Kim Kidwell, dean of the College of ACES. “Her experiences will bring significant value to the Division of Nutritional Sciences for achieving its mission of providing an exceptional interdisciplinary graduate program through innovation, education, and discovery.”
German Bollero, associate dean for research in the College of ACES adds, “Dr. de Mejia is passionate about graduate education and will provide DNS with a new perspective for enhancing its research portfolio.”
DNS, housed in the College of ACES provides comprehensive and progressive graduate education in nutrition and serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary nutrition research. Today, DNS faculty represent 17 departments and nine colleges or schools on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Illinois at Chicago campuses.