John York, formerly of Duke University Medical Center, joined Vanderbilt University as chairman of its biochemistry department in July. He succeeded F. Peter Guengerich, who served as interim chairman for the past two years. York’s research focuses on elucidating cellular communication networks required for cellular survival and organismal development and investigating lithium’s role in the treatment of mental illness. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Click here for more member news from ASBMB Today.