Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation & Knowledge Enterprise, University of South Florida

I am Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation & Knowledge Enterprise, President of the USF Research Foundation, Distinguished University Professor of Medicine, Engineering, and Business, and Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair at the University of South Florida, and President of the National Academy of Inventors. As a researcher, my early work was pioneering in understanding why brain cells die in neurological disorders and in drug abuse research. More recently, my research has focused on discovering innovative ways to repair the damaged brain, and has helped lead the team that demonstrated that bone marrow and umbilical cord blood derived stem cells can be transformed to neural cells that may be useful in stroke, spinal cord injury and ALS.

Experience

  • –present
    Sr VP for Research, Innovation & Knowledge Enterprise, University of South Florida

Education

  • 1998 
    Australian National University, Doctor of Science (Neurobiology)