Qiang Chang, a longstanding member of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Waisman Center’s leadership team, has been named the new director of the center following a nationwide search.
Chang will assume the position on July 1 and report to the UW–Madison vice chancellor for research and graduate education.
Chang is an associate professor of genetics and neurology and interim director of the Waisman Center’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC). He is also the principal investigator for the Waisman Center core grant awarded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (U54 HD090256). Chang, who has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, joined the UW–Madison faculty in 2007, following postdoctoral training at MIT. His research interests focus on Rett syndrome, a debilitating genetic condition that primarily affects girls.