University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine

Leadership Team — Neal L. Schiller

Neal Schiller

Neal L. Schiller

Interim Dean

Salma Haider Endowed Chair in Biomedical Sciences


  • Was appointed interim dean of the UCR School of Medicine on Sept. 1, 2015.


  • Founded and directs the Medical Scholars Program, a community of undergraduate students who support each other through peer mentoring, study groups, research experience and social activities.
  • Initiated and oversees the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program, which is designed to provide mentorship, academic coursework and MCAT educational support for educationally and/or socio-economically disadvantaged applicants to gain acceptance to medical school.
  • Conducts research in the analysis of the microbial physiology, genetics, immunobiology and pathogenesis of bacterial agents.
  • Has been teaching medical students in the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences since 1979.
  • Served as UCR Associate Graduate Dean for five years and interim Graduate Dean for three years.
  • Has served as Associate Dean for the UCR/UCLA Haider Program for seven years, primarily handling student affairs issues.


  • Postdoctoral work in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cornell University Medical College
  • Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Bachelor of science degree in biology from Boston College

Awards & Recognition

  • Faculty Marshall at Hippocratic Oath Ceremony, UCLA, 1993 (honor awarded by graduating medical school class).
  • UC Riverside Distinguished Teaching Award, 2005-06.
  • Elected to UCR Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 2006-07.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

School Information

School of Medicine
2608 School of Medicine Education Building

Admissions Inquiries: (951) 827-7353

General Inquiries: (951) 827-4568

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