Merck & Co. has appointed Dean Y. Li, M.D., Ph.D. as Vice President, Head of Translational Medicine. Li most recently served as the H.A. & Edna Benning Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Utah, as the Vice-Dean of research at the University of Utah Health Science Center, and as the Chief Scientific Officer of University of Utah Health Care. Li also served as interim CEO of Associated Regional University Pathologists (ARUP), the nation's third largest clinical reference laboratory, from 2015 to 2016.

Li has also founded three successful biotech companies (Hydra Biosciences, Navigen and Recursion Pharmaceuticals), and has been on the cutting-edge of translational medical research at the University of Utah for more than two decades.

Li trained at Washington University in Saint Louis, where he earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, before coming to Utah to work as a post-doc in the laboratory of Mark Keating.

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