Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science

Melanie Woodin.

Melanie Woodin

Professor Melanie Woodin joined the University of Toronto in 2004 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology, and became a Professor in 2017 in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology. In her research, Professor Woodin works to understand how the brain functions, studying neuronal circuits and the mechanisms underlying learning and memory. At U of T, she has served as the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Cell & Systems Biology; Director of the Human Biology Program; Associate Dean, Undergraduate Issues & Academic Planning; and, most recently, Vice-Dean, Interdivisional Partnerships.

The Dean of Canada’s largest and most comprehensive Faculty oversees the Faculty’s leadership team and focuses on the key priorities of the Faculty, such as faculty renewal, financial sustainability, graduate student support, undergraduate education and internationalization. Moreover, the Dean promotes the Faculty as a global hub for research, teaching and innovation.

In particular, Professor Woodin — an alumnus of U of T — aims to build upon the interdisciplinary nature of the Faculty and its broad range of expertise to help students and faculty leverage the full range of opportunities this breadth provides. 

Professor Woodin is serving a five-year term as of July 1, 2019.

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Daniela Trapani – Executive Assistant to the Dean
Tel: 416-978-5413

Victoria Larke – Senior Project Strategist
Tel: 416-946-5313