Gary K. Ostrander, associate dean for research in Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed to coordinate the university's academic and research collaborations with industry, business and government organizations in Montgomery County, Md.
In this role, Ostrander will hold the additional part- time title of associate provost for research of the university.
Ostrander will coordinate the development of partnerships between the university's eight schools and the biotechnology industry and other businesses along the Interstate 270 corridor northwest of Washington, D.C. The university has had a physical presence there since 1988 and is announcing plans to build a third building on its Montgomery County Campus in Rockville, in part to allow for close physical proximity between Hopkins and non-university collaborators. One such partner, the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, is already located on the campus.
"I expect to provide a conduit for faculty at the university's Homewood and East Baltimore campuses who may wish to initiate research efforts in Montgomery County, either independently or in conjunction with industry or government partners," Ostrander said.
Besides cooperative research, he said, possibilities include teaching assignments at Hopkins for industry-based scientists and placement opportunities in industry laboratories for Johns Hopkins graduate students.
"The university can bring a lot to the table in support of Montgomery County's economic and workforce development strategy," he said. "Likewise, the university can benefit from the expertise in the industrial and government communities in the county. Pursuing these collaborations just makes sense for everyone."
Ostrander will continue as associate dean for research in the Krieger School, a position he has held since 1996, and as chair of the university's Graduate Board. A biologist, he will also maintain his own research.
Ostrander earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1986. He received a master of science degree in biology from Illinois State University in 1982 and a bachelor of science degree from Seattle University in 1980. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Washington Medical School.
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