Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Cultural
Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD, is senior associate dean for inclusion and cultural enhancement. She is responsible for providing the expertise, opportunities and educational programs needed to fulfill the medical school’s diversity goals.
In this post, Dubocovich develops and implements innovative programming that ensures inclusion and cultural enhancement as a means to achieve excellence for students and faculty, enriching the learning environment, strengthening the school’s ties to nearby communities and contributing in measureable ways to improving the health of the region.
Dubocovich came to UB in 2008 as professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, positions she continues to hold. Prior to joining UB, she served as professor of molecular pharmacology and biological chemistry at Northwestern University, where she started as an assistant professor in 1982. At Northwestern, she founded and directed a highly successful professional development program for a diverse group of doctoral students in the biosciences.
In her first year at UB, Dubocovich established her research team and founded CLIMB, the Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in Biosciences program. CLIMB provides mentoring experiences for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral biosciences scholars to ensure success in their careers.
Dubocovich earned her bachelor’s degree in biological
chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires School of Chemistry
and Natural Sciences in 1971 and her doctorate from the same school
Dubocovich has received prestigious awards for her mentoring and research. These include the 2011 UB Distinguished Postdoctoral Mentor Award, the 2011 Mayor Byron W. Brown Hispanic Heritage Award in Medical and Health Fields, the 2011 Aaron B. Lerner Award for Outstanding Contributions to Melatonin Research and the 2012 PhRMA Foundation Award in Excellence in Pharmacology and Toxicology.