Frank LaFerla is the Hana and Francisco J. Ayala Dean of Biological Sciences. He is a Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, where he served as the chair from 2010-2013, and is the former Director of the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, (UCI MIND). LaFerla’s research focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of Alzheimer disease, the most common form of dementia. His scholarly work has had a global influence on the field, as some of the models he has generated have been distributed to over 150+ researchers in over 20 countries throughout the world and he has published close to 200 original peer-reviewed articles. He has received several honors for his research accomplishments including the Ruth Salta Junior Investigator Achievement Award from the American Health Assistance Foundation, Zenith Fellows Award from the Alzheimer Association, Distinguished Mid-career Faculty Research Award, Promising Work Award from the Metropolitan Life Foundation for Medical Research, and was elected as a Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Neurological Association.