Klotz joins Washington State University Tri-Cities as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Dr. Martin G. Klotz has been appointed Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Washington State University Tri-Cities. In addition to his administrative role, Klotz is also a professor in WSU’s School of Molecular Biosciences in Pullman.

Prior to his appointment, Klotz served as Dean of Faculty, Division of Mathematics & Natural Sciences, and Professor of Biology at Queens College, The City University of New York, in Flushing, New York. Before joining CUNY, Klotz held academic positions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences; the University of Louisville in the departments of Biology and Microbiology & Immunology; and the University of Colorado-Denver in the Department of Biology.

A physics undergraduate major by training at the Universität Rostock, Germany, Klotz holds a master’s degree in biophysics and earned his doctorate in biology from the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany. His graduate and postdoctoral training in biology in Germany, Hungary, Sweden, and the United States ranges from membrane biology to bacterial genetics to plant-microbe interactions.

For the majority of his career, Klotz directed his “Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology Laboratory” to study the molecular underpinnings of ammonia- and methane-oxidizing bacteria with an interest in metabolic reconstruction of key catabolic pathways, the evolutionary history of involved inventory and how this inventory is being regulated.