Interim Vice President for Research
A member of the OU faculty for the past 17 years, Hewes has taught undergraduate courses in cell biology and cell/molecular neurobiology in Norman and has held an adjunct faculty position in cell biology on the Health Sciences Center campus. He also launched the Cornerstone course initiative, with the goal of engaging all biology majors in research as sophomores as a formal part of the curriculum.
Hewes served as chair of the Department of Biology from 2011 to 2015. He also served as chair of the Faculty Senate from 2014 to 2015, and he provided leadership on the Admissions and Employee Benefits Committees and the President's Graduation and Retention Task Force.
His research focuses on the genetic and molecular pathways controlling neuronal remodeling during insect metamorphosis. This research and related work in support of graduate education has been supported by more than $3.8 million in grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.
Hewes graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a bachelor's degree in biology and attended graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle where he earned his Ph.D. He later served three years on an American Cancer Society fellowship while doing postdoctoral research at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.