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Simon Rhodes

Provost/ Professor | Professor of Biology

Academic Affairs Administration | Academic Affairs Division

Areas of Expertise

Higher education, faculty affairs, student affairs

Endocrinology, Diabetes, Pediatric, Pituitary, Thyroid, Hormones, Growth, Dwarfism, Reproduction, Genetics, Cancer, Biology, Signaling, Gene regulation, Transcription factors, Health disparities, Developmental biology, Homeodomain, Heritable mutation, Recessive diseases, Adrenal



1991 Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Ph.D. in Biological Sciences/Biochemistry. Advisor: Dr. S.F. Konieczny.

1984 University of Sheffield, England, U.K. B.Sc. Special Honours in Biochemistry.


University of North Florida (UNF)

2019-present                 Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

2019-present                 Professor of Biology


Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM)

2011-2019                        Dean of Science, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

2011-2019                        Professor of Biology, IUPUI

2011-2019                        Adjunct Professor of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, IU School of Medicine (IUSM)

2011-2019                        Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, IUSM

2003-2019                        Member, Paul and Carole Stark Neuroscience Research Institute, IUSM

2000-2019                        Member, Indiana University Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine

1995-2019                        Member, Indiana University Simon Cancer Center

2010-2011                        Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, IUSM

2005-2011                        Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, IUSM

2005-2011                        Professor of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, IUSM

2005-2011                        Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, IUSM

2005-2011                        Adjunct Professor of Biology, IUPUI

2004-2005                        Professor of Biology, IUPUI

2004-2005                        Adjunct Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, IUSM

2001-2004                        Associate Professor of Biology, IUPUI

2001-2004                        Adjunct Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, IUSM

1996-2001                        Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, IUSM

1995-2001                        Assistant Professor of Biology, IUPUI


University of California San Diego (UCSD)

1994-1995                        Assistant Research Endocrinologist, Dept. Medicine, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA

1991-1994                        Postdoctoral Fellow - Dr. M.G. Rosenfeld, Medicine/HHMI, University of California San Diego


2019 Bepko Outstanding Administrator Award (from the university Faculty Council)

2019 IUPUI Chancellor’s Medallion

2019 Trustees of Purdue University Resolution of Appreciation

2019 Young Innovator’s Quest Champion Award

2017 Norman Brown Diversity Scholars Program Mentor of the Year

2015 Dr. Joseph T. Taylor Award for Excellence in Diversity

2015 Purdue University College of Science Outstanding Alumni Award

2004 Endocrine Society Shortcourse Visiting Faculty, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY.

2001 Indiana University Trustees Teaching Excellence Award

2001 Endocrine Society Shortcourse Visiting Faculty, Cal State Northridge

2000 Endocrine Society Shortcourse Visiting Faculty, Cal State Northridge

1998 Outstanding Young Faculty Award, IUPUI

1997 Indiana University Teaching Excellence Recognition Award

1994-1997 Special Fellowship of the Leukemia Society of America

1991-1993 American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship

1989, 1990 American Society for Cell Biology Student Travel Awards

1989-1990 National Cancer Institute Center Student Fellowship

1986-1989 David Ross Fellow of Purdue University


Endocrine Society Leadership Development Strategy Advisory Group

Endocrine Society Global Leadership Academy Planning Advisory Committee

Endocrine Society Finance and Audit Committee

Endocrine Society FLARE program (on behalf of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion)

Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS)

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Past grant support from NIH, NSF, USDA, Human Growth Foundation, etc.

Dr. Rhodes has served on NIH, NSF, USDA grant panels and NIH Birth Defects working group. He has chaired NASA biology grant panels.

Publications & Presentations


Education/Career Development Publications

  1. Rhodes, S.J., and Lees, N.D. (2019). Creating a Strong Chair-Dean Partnership: What Chairs Can Do from Their End (Part 1). Academic Leader. In press. Builds on ref. 8.
  2. Rhodes, S.J., and Lees, N.D. (2019). Creating a Strong Chair-Dean Partnership: What Chairs Can Do from Their End (Part 2). Academic Leader. In press. Builds on ref. 8.
  3. Rhodes, S.J. (2019). Why Endocrinology? Endocrine News. In Press.
  4. Heinzman, L., Kay, L., Rhodes, S.J., and Lees, N.D. (2018). Marketing strategies to engage current students, alumni and donors. The Department Chair. 29/2. 11-13.
  5. Kay, L., Heinzman, L., Rhodes, S.J., and Lees, N.D. (2018). Effective marketing strategies in undergraduate student recruitment. The Department Chair. 29/1. 22-24.
  6. Rhodes, S.J., Heinzman, L., and Lees, N.D. (2018). Maximizing the benefits of an external advisory council. The Department Chair. 28/4. 14-16.
  7. Rhodes, S.J., and Lees, N.D. (2017). Dean, chairs, and faculty: a team approach for enhancing faculty diversity. The Department Chair. 27/3: 11-13. DOI: 10.1002/dch.30119.
  8. Rhodes, S.J., and Lees, N.D. (2016). What deans want/expect (from department chairs!). The Department Chair. 26/3: 3–4. DOI: 10.1002/dch.30057
  9. Rhodes, S.J. (2016). Importance of STEM in Today’s World/Importancia de STEM en el Mundo Actual. La Voz (Indiana’s bilingual newspaper).
  10. Rhodes, S.J. (2015). Your journey and your destination(s): YOU are the end product. The Graduate (IUPUI Graduate and Professional student magazine).
  1. Gilbert, B.L., Banks, J., Houser, J.W.H., Rhodes, S.J., and Lees, N.D. (2014). Persistence, degree completion, and student development in an experiential learning program. Journal of College Student Development 55/7: 707-713.
  2. Rhodes, S.J., Camper, S.A., and Roberson, M.S. (2012). Promotion and tenure are not your goals. Endocrine News, April 2012.
  3. Gibau-Sanchez, G., Foertsch, F., Blum, J.S., Brutkiewicz, R.R., Queener, S.F., Roman, A., Rhodes, S.J., Sturek, M.S., Wilkes, D.S., and Broxmeyer, H.E. (2010). Diversifying biomedical training: a synergistic intervention. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 16/3, 215-235. (DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v16.i3.20).
  4. Walvoord, E., Vannerson, J., and Rhodes, S.J. (2010). Precocious pubic hair development: a team based learning review of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and puberty. MedEdPORTAL.
  5. Gilbert, B.L., Lees, N.D., and Rhodes, S.J. (2009). The Life-Health Sciences Internships Program: research and professional experience internships as an undergraduate retention tool. In R. Hayes (Ed.), Proceedings of the 5th National Symposium on Student Retention, 2009, Buffalo. (pp. 404-410). Norman, OK, The University of Oklahoma.
  6. Rhodes, S.J. and Banner, L.R. (2001). "Are your cells pregnant?" - relating biology laboratory exercises to everyday life. The American Biology Teacher 63, 514-517.

Scientific Publications

  • Gregory, L.C., Humayun, K.N., Turton, J.P.G., McCabe, M.J., Martinez-Barbera, J.-P., Rhodes, S.J., and Dattani, M.T. (2015). Novel lethal form of congenital hypopituitarism associated with the first recessive LHX4 mutation. J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab. 2015 Jun;100(6):2158-64. doi: 10.1210/jc.2014-4484. Epub 2015 Apr 14. PMID: 25871839.
  • Gahete, M.D., Duran-Prado, M., Delgado-Niebla, E., Garrido, J.J., Rhodes, S.J., García-Navarro, S., Gracia-Navarro, F., Malagon, M.M., Luque, R.M., and Castaño, J.P. (2014). Porcine sst1 can physically interact with other somatostatin receptors and its expression is regulated by metabolic/inflammatory sensors. J. Physiol. Endocrinol. Metab. 2014 Mar 1;306(5):E483-93. doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00587.2013. Epub 2013 Dec 24. PMID: 24368669.
  • Malik, R.E. and Rhodes, S.J. (2013). The role of DNA methylation in regulation of the murine Lhx3 Gene. 2013 Oct 31. doi:pii: S0378-1119(13)01454-6. 10.1016/j.gene.2013.10.045. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24183897. PMCID: PMC3870101.
  • Park, S., Mullen, R.D., and Rhodes, S.J. (2013). Cell-specific actions of a human LHX3 gene enhancer during pituitary and spinal cord development. Endocrinol. 2013 Dec;27(12):2013-27. doi: 10.1210/me.2013-1161. Epub 2013 Oct 7. PMID: 24100213.   PMCID: PMC3857196.
  • Hunter, C.S., Malik, R.E., Witzmann, F., and Rhodes, S.J. (2013). LHX3 interacts with inhibitor of histone acetyltransferase complex subunits LANP and TAF-1β to modulate pituitary gene regulation. PLoS One. 2013 Jul 4;8(7):e68898. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068898. Print 2013. PMID: 23861948; PMCID: PMC3701669.
  • Prince, K.L., Colvin, S.C., Park, S., Lai, X., Witzmann, F.A., and Rhodes, S.J. (2013). Developmental analysis and influence of genetic background on the Lhx3 W227ter mouse model of combined pituitary hormone deficiency disease. Endocrinology. Feb;154(2):738-48. doi: 10.1210/en.2012-1790. PMCID: PMC3548188.
  • Yusuf, D., Butland SL, Swanson MI, Bolotin E, Ticoll A, Cheung WA, Zhang XY, Dickman CT, Fulton DL, Lim JS, Schnabl JM, Ramos OH, Vasseur-Cognet M, de Leeuw CN, Simpson EM, Ryffel GU, Lam EW, Kist R, Wilson MS, Marco-Ferreres R, Brosens JJ, Beccari LL, Bovolenta P, Benayoun BA, Monteiro LJ, Schwenen HD, Grontved L, Wederell E, Mandrup S, Veitia RA, Chakravarthy H, Hoodless PA, Mancarelli M, Torbett BE, Banham AH, Reddy SP, Cullum RL, Liedtke M, Tschan MP, Vaz M, Rizzino A, Zannini M, Frietze S, Farnham PJ, Eijkelenboom A, Brown PJ, Laperriere D, Leprince D, de Cristofaro T, Prince KL, Putker M, Del Peso L, Camenisch G, Wenger RH, Mikula M, Rozendaal M, Mader S, Ostrowski J, Rhodes SJ, Van Rechem C, Boulay G, Olechnowicz SW, Breslin MB, Lan MS, Nanan KK, Wegner M, Hou J, Mullen RD, Colvin SC, Noy PJ, Webb CF, Witek ME, Ferrell S, Daniel JM, Park J, Waldman SA, Peet DJ, Taggart M, Jayaraman PS, Karrich JJ, Blom B, Vesuna F, O'Geen H, Sun Y, Gronostajski RM, Woodcroft MW, Hough MR, Chen E, Europe-Finner N, Karolczak-Bayatti M, Bailey J, Hankinson O, Raman V, Lebrun DP, Biswal S, Harvey CJ, Debruyne JP, Hogenesch JB, Hevner RF, Heligon C, Luo XM, Blank MC, Millen KJ, Sharlin DS, Forrest D, Dahlman-Wright K, Zhao C, Mishima Y, Sinha S, Chakrabarti R, Portales-Casamar E, Sladek FM, Bradley PH, and Wasserman, W.W. (2012). The transcription factor encyclopedia. Genome Biol. 2012; 13(3):R24. doi: 10.1186/gb-2012-13-3-r24. PMID: 22458515; PMCID: PMC3439975.
  • Dong, Y., Zhang, L., Zhang, S., Bai, Y., Chen, H., Sun, X., Yong, W., Li, W., Colvin, S.C., Rhodes, S.J., Shou, W., and Zhang, Z.Y. (2012). Phosphatase of regenerating liver 2 (PRL2) is essential for placental development by down-regulating PTEN (Phosphatase and Tensin Homologue Deleted on Chromosome 10) and activating Akt protein. J. Biol. Chem. 2012 Sep 14;287(38):32172-9. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M112.393462. Epub 2012 Jul. PMID: 22791713; PMCID: PMC3442547. *Journal of Biological Chemistry "Paper of the Week".
  • Mullen, R.D., Park, S., and Rhodes, S.J. (2012). A distal modular enhancer complex acts to control pituitary- and nervous system-specific expression of the LHX3 regulatory gene. Endocrinol. 2012 Feb; 26(2):308-19. Epub 2011 Dec 22. PMID: 22194342; PMCID: PMC3275162.
  • Bechtold-Dalla Pozza, S., Hiedl, S., Roeb, J., Lohse, P., Malik, R.E., Park, S., Durán-Prado, M., and Rhodes, S.J. (2012). A recessive mutation resulting in a disabling amino acid substitution (T194R) in the LHX3 homeodomain causes combined pituitary hormone deficiency. Horm. Res Paediatr. 2012;77(1):41-51. doi: 10.1159/000335929. Epub 2012 Jan 26.  PMID: 22286346; PMCID: PMC3355643.·         Prince, K.E., Walvoord, E.C., and Rhodes, S.J. (2011). The role of homeodomain transcription factors in heritable pituitary disease. Nature Rev. Endocrinol. 2011 Jul 26;7(12):727-37. doi: 10.1038/nrendo.2011.119. PMID: 21788968.
  • Colvin, S.C., Malik R.E., Showalter, A.D., Sloop, K.W., and Rhodes, S.J. (2011). A model of pediatric pituitary hormone deficiency separates the endocrine and neural functions of the LHX3 transcription factor in vivo. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A. 2011 Jan 4;108(1):173-8. Epub 2010 Dec 13. PMID: 21149718; PMCID: PMC3017168. *featured article.


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