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IU School of Medicine names new Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology chair

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INDIANAPOLIS—Alexander G. Robling, PhD, a professor, researcher and leader at Indiana University School of Medicine has been selected to chair the school’s Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology. His new appointment beings January 1, 2021. 

“Dr. Robling’s visionary leadership and proven commitment to education, professional development and mentorship make him uniquely qualified for this role,” said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine and IU’s executive vice president for university clinical affairs. “We will be relying heavily on his leadership to advance the research and education missions of the school.” 

Robling joined the IU School of Medicine faculty in 2003 and rose through the ranks to professor in 2015. Robling was a recipient of the IU Trustees’ Teaching Award in 2015 and was named Showalter Scholar in 2013.

His research encompasses finding therapies and treatment strategies for a variety of metabolic and genetic skeletal diseases.

“I am truly humbled by the opportunity to collaborate with my colleagues in this role,” Robling said. “I have a deep appreciation for the work of our teaching and research faculty, and am excited to accomplish even more together.”

Robling earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a master’s from George Washington University. After completing his PhD at the University of Missouri, Robling received postdoctoral training in Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Cell and Molecular Biology at Indiana University.

In addition to Chair, Robling will hold the Vincent H. Gattone II Professor.

Robling succeeds Kathryn Jones, PhD, who announced her intent to retire earlier this year. 

The Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology houses cutting-edge biomedical research programs focused on a variety of diseases and disorders. Department faculty train the next generation of health care professionals through innovative educational programs and curricula. The department has a long history of synthesizing different subdisciplines of the life sciences—including cell and molecular biology, genetics, biophysics and physiology, anatomical structure, histology, neuroscience, and imaging—to solve complex health problems from a basic science perspective.


IU School of Medicine is the largest medical school in the U.S. and is annually ranked among the top medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The school offers high-quality medical education, access to leading medical research and rich campus life in nine Indiana cities, including rural and urban locations consistently recognized for livability.