June 26, 2019

Dr. Benedikt Hallgrimsson re-appointed head of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy

Appointment to a second five-year term takes effect July 1, 2019

The Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Dr. Benedikt Hallgrimsson, PhD, as department head, Cell Biology and Anatomy. The appointment to a second five-year term takes effect July 1, 2019.

Benedikt is an internationally recognized biological anthropologist and evolutionary biologist. His groundbreaking research combines developmental genetics and bioinformatics with 3D imaging and morphometrics (the quantitative analysis of form). His study of phenotypic variation is helping us to better understand the earliest building blocks of life and the development of people, animals or organisms.

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Dr. Benedikt Hallgrimsson, PhD


A part the University of Calgary family since 2000, Benedikt is a professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy. He is an adjunct professor in the in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Benedikt is also the scientific director, Basic Science, at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI). He is a member of ACHRI and the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health.

An experienced institutional leader, Benedikt was the founding director of our Bachelor of Health Sciences program, serving from 2001 to 2007. He was also instrumental in the development of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Benedikt previously served as Associate Dean, Undergraduate Science Education and Senior Associate Dean, Education within the CSM and as a Deputy Provost for the University of Calgary. He earned his PhD from University of Chicago in 1995.

The recipient of numerous research and teaching awards, he was named a fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science earlier this year.

Please join me in congratulating Benedikt on continuing in his leadership role within the CSM.


Jon Meddings, MD
Dean, Cumming School of Medicine   
University of Calgary