Dr. Andrew R. Zinn has been named dean of UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The geneticist is currently a professor in the department of internal medicine and the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development. Zinn will head the graduate school, which is ranked in the top 20 programs in the nation for biological research and has nearly 650 students, while continuing to lead the Medical Scientist Training Program, which annually enrolls about 10 outstanding M.D./Ph.D. dual-degree students from around the world who have laboratory investigations experience and a strong desire to pursue a medicinal research career. Zinn was a UT Austin honors graduate and began researching protein synthesis there before earning his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from UT Southwestern. He was inducted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society as a medical school student, and also received the 1988 Nominata Award, the highest honor awarded to graduate students by the school.