Hazel Sive

Hazel Sive

Dean – College of Science
Professor of Biology

About Hazel Sive

Dr. Hazel Sive is Dean of the College of Science (since June 2020) and Professor of Biology at Northeastern University. Prior, she was Professor of Biology at MIT, Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Associate Member of the Broad Institute. A native of South Africa, she received the B.Sc. in Chemistry and Zoology, from University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; and the Ph.D. from Rockefeller University, New York.

Her groundbreaking research focuses on neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as fundamental processes underlying brain and craniofacial development. Dr. Sive is a distinguished educator. She is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT’s highest undergraduate teaching accolade and twice a winner of the MIT School of Science Teaching Award. At MIT, she taught Introductory Biology; a new subject called Building with Cells; and Developmental Neuroscience.

An accomplished leader and innovator, Dr. Sive was Associate Dean of MIT Science with oversight for education and equity. She was Founding Director of the MIT- Africa Initiative, that promotes mutually beneficial engagements in research, education and innovation; and Founding Director of the MIT Jameel World Higher Education Lab.

Priorities of Dean Sive for the Northeastern College of Science:

  • Build a Culture of Respect and Action towards Equity
  • Promote Communications, and that everyone uses Science, everyday
  • Solve the Greatest Research Challenges of our Planet
  • Promote Innovative Education across the World
  • Reinvent the PhD
  • Increase Undergraduate Research
  • Build an Entrepreneurship Landscape

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