Jasjit Ahluwalia an eminent researcher and academician has been appointed dean of the public health school at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Ahluwalia an alumnus of New York University and Harvard, is a recognised researcher in the fields of health disparities, minority health, and nicotine addiction. He is also engaged in global health work with two active research projects in Mumbai and Delhi. He is currently professor of internal medicine and epidemiology at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center. He recently completed his term as chair of the National Advisory Council for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health. He has received over $21 million in funding as principal investigator and over $80 million as co-investigator and he is widely published. Ahluwalia will assume his new role as dean from April 2015.