Tomás R. Guilarte is the dean of the FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work. He took the helm of FIU Stempel College in January 2016. As the head of FIU Stempel College—which consists of the Departments of Biostatistics, Dietetics & Nutrition, Environmental & Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Health Policy & Management, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, and the School of Social Work—Guilarte is focusing on initiatives to engage faculty and expand research opportunities. But perhaps most importantly, Dean Guilarte is leading improvements in student success as FIU Stempel College works toward its goal of enrolling 200 doctoral students by 2020.
A leading scientist, educator and academic leader, Guilarte’s research has focused on mechanism-based neurotoxicology and neuroscience using behavioral, cellular and molecular approaches, ranging from studies using primary culture of neural cells to the application of brain imaging technologies. He is recognized worldwide for revealing the effects of low-level lead exposure on the central nervous system during development, and subsequently developing therapies to reverse these neurodegenerative effects.
Dean Guilarte comes to FIU after success as the inaugural Leon Hess Professor and Chairman of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Before his time at Columbia, Guilarte spent 30 years as a professor and researcher at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dean Guilarte holds a B.S. in Zoology and an M.S. in Medical Physics from the University of Florida, as well as a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.