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Hazel Sive

Hazel Sive

Dean – College of Science

About Hazel Sive

Dr. Hazel Sive is Dean of the College of Science at Northeastern University (since June 2020). 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.

Dean Sive has five priorities for the Northeastern College of Science:

1. Communicate the pivotal contributions of Science research and education. Science impacts everyone, every day.

2. Solve the greatest fundamental and practical challenges of our planet, with partners across Northeastern, and the world.

3. Reinvent the Ph.D., to train independent thinkers, who also gain work experience.

4. Educate undergraduate Science Scholars, to excel across Science-based careers.

5. Build a Culture of Respect, where the contribution of each College member is valued, and where our community reflects the diversity of society.

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