School of Biomedical Sciences
About the School
The fields of biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering are experiencing unprecedented expansion and advancement. The need for qualified professionals with expertise and experience to engage in research and development continues to increase. In response, Rowan University opened the School of Biomedical Sciences (SBS) to operate in conjunction with the College of Science & Mathematics and the College of Engineering. SBS will offer new programs in biomedical science and engineering, contribute to economic growth in the region, expand research opportunities at the University, and promote collaboration within and beyond the University.
The Dean's Office
Parviz Ansari, PhD, is founding dean for the School of Biomedical Sciences and dean for the College of Science & Mathematics (CSM). Ansari served as associate dean for Academic Affairs and Planning and associate dean for Administration and Outreach in the College of Arts and Sciences at Seton Hall University. In 2005, he was named an American Council on Education Fellow and spent his yearlong fellowship at The George Washington University. Prior to his associate dean positions, he was chair of the Physics Department at Seton Hall for 12 years. Ansari performed research at the Cornell University High Energy laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory for more than two decades. He was a visiting scientist at the Center for Ceramic Research and Bellcore. He has published many articles and has regularly presented at both national and international conferences. Ansari earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in physics from Tufts University and a B.S. in physics from Pahlavi (Shiraz) University in Iran.
Ieva Zake, PhD, is the associate dean for SBS and CSM. Zake was an assistant and later associate professor in the Rowan Department of Sociology from 2004 to 2009. She also served as program coordinator for Rowan’s Honors Concentration and Women’s and Gender Studies Concentration. Prior to coming to Rowan, she was an adjunct professor and/or teaching assistant at Eastern Connecticut State University, the University of Massachusetts and The Ohio State University. Zake earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; an M.A. in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University; and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Latvia.
Eddie Guerra, PhD, is the assistant dean for Biomedical Planning. Guerra most recently served as acting chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, where he was hired as an assistant professor in 1998 and has been an associate professor since 2003. He also was interim coordinator of the Edelman Planetarium during its inception at Rowan. He was a visiting research fellow at Princeton University and at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and he also held posts at the College of Staten Island and was a post-doctoral associate at Princeton. Guerra earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in physics from Princeton University and a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of California at Berkeley.