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Garcia named best Latinx department head

Biochemistry leader recognized by Vanderbilt University during Hispanic, Latin Heritage Month

January 25, 2023

Benjamin A. Garcia, PhD, the Raymond H. Wittcoff Distinguished Professor and head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, was named best Latinx Department Head as part of Vanderbilt’s recognition of Hispanic and Latinx heritage month in the fall.

The honor was announced during the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences’ inaugural Hispanic Heritage Month Conference and Workshop, titled “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation,” which celebrated Hispanic and Latinx scientists. Garcia was selected by a diverse committee for his contributions to science and efforts to create a more supportive, diverse and inclusive culture in academia.

Garcia is a recognized leader in the field of biochemistry, especially for his work advancing techniques in mass spectrometry. His work has led to key observations about the regulation of cell differentiation, tissue growth and cancer development.