Vice President for Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension; Charles-Sander Dean of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences; Director, Arizona Experiment Station

Dr. Shane C. Burgess became dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona in July 2011. After qualifying as a veterinarian at Massey University, New Zealand in 1989, he worked in and managed veterinary clinical practices in Australia, Africa, and the UK as well as holding a management position in the aquaculture industry in Scotland for two years. From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Burgess was employed by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council at the Institute for Animal Health. He was awarded the Institute for Animal Health Director’s Award for service during the UK Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic of 2001. Dr. Burgess joined the faculty at Mississippi State University in 2002, where he served as director of the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology and worked with a team to develop AgBase, a database of functional gene annotations for agricultural animals and plants. His primary research areas are high-throughput genomic biology (including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and computational biology). His funded research has included cancer biology, immunology, virology, bacteriology, toxicology, bioenergy, and agricultural plant and animal genomics. As dean at the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dr. Burgess is responsible for the college’s academic programs, Arizona Cooperative Extension, and the Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station with over 3100 students and 1600 employees. Dr. Burgess holds a Ph.D. in bio-medicine from Bristol University, UK and is married to Dr. Jennifer Burgess.

Other Professional Activities


  • Bioinformatics Committee Member, USDA NRSP9: National Animal Genome Research Program
  • Co-Chair, Working Group on Animal Biotechnology within the US-EC Task Force on Biotechnology
  • Member, Food Systems Leadership Institute Executive Committee
  • Project Steering Team, University and Industry Consortium

Shane Burgess