Anwer to serve as interim dean of veterinary school

Dr. Mohammed Sawkat Anwer, Distinguished Professor and chair of biomedical sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, will serve as interim dean after Dr. Philip C. Kosch steps down on June 30.

Dr. Sawkat Anwer

Following a sabbatical leave, Kosch, who has led the school for nine years, will serve as special assistant to Provost Jamshed Bharucha, working on university-wide projects. A search for a successor will begin this summer, and Anwer will serve until a new dean is appointed.

Anwer received an M.S. from Dhaka University in Bangladesh in 1968, a Ph.D. from Kansas State University in 1973 and a D.M.V.H. from Munich University in Germany in 1980. A recognized leader in research on liver disease, Anwer is the author of more than 90 publications. He has served on the editorial boards of leading journals in his field and on NIH study sections and was chair of the Research Committee of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases from 1986-88. He has received numerous research and student training grants from the NIH.

At the veterinary school, Anwer is a beloved teacher and directs the basic pharmacology course. He also served as interim dean in 1995–96 and was assistant dean for research from 1993 to 1996. He came to Tufts from the University of California at San Diego in 1983.