William J. Wasilenko, PhD, serves as Senior Associate Dean for Research and as an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology. In his role as Senior Associate Dean, Dr. Wasilenko provides leadership for various administrative functions that support research, including research development and regulatory compliance. Dr. Wasilenko also teaches medical students in medical microbiology and lectures to biomedical science graduate students. He previously served as director of the Biomedical Sciences PhD Program, a joint program with Old Dominion University (ODU), and was administrative director of the EVMS Biotechnology Workforce Training Program.

Dr. Wasilenko is active in new initiatives and research collaborations involving Hampton Roads universities, technology companies and federal laboratories. He also represented EVMS on the Old Dominion University Research Foundation Board, the Hampton Roads Research Partnership and the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission. He currently co-leads a regional Bioscience Cluster and is a board member of the Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation. Dr. Wasilenko also serves on the Academic Council of the Virginia Biotechnology Association.

Dr. Wasilenko earned his PhD in Cell Biology at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Tennessee, in 1984. He was the recipient of a National Research Service Award from the National Cancer Institute for a Postdoctoral Fellowship. He served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Virginia and later as Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Wasilenko joined EVMS in 1989 as Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology and later became an Associate Professor. He was named Director of Research in December 1999.

His research interests include Tumor and Cell Biology, Signal Transduction, Biomedical Sensors and Medical Modeling and Simulation. He is the author or co-author of many academic publications and abstracts and has been the recipient of grant support for research from the NIH, NSF and several foundations.