CAS Appoints New Associate Dean for Research

Posted: June 30, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Vikas Chandhoke, Biology, will serve as the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) first associate dean for research. In this position, Chandhoke will help to define and seek research funding in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. He will take the lead on focusing the college’s research agenda in a strategic way to increase both the total amount of external research support the college seeks and the amount of awards the college receives.

“I am looking forward to helping fuse the academic, research, and resource goals to develop the most productive environment we can create for the college,” says Chandhoke. “We are looking to develop, for the first time, a comprehensive plan to pursue a cohesive and integrative research vision, agenda, and mission in the college.”

He also will coordinate the CAS research awards, including graduate research assistantships and course release time for research. During the 1999 fiscal year, CAS received more than $5,700,000 in new and existing awards.

Chandhoke is director of the Shared Research Instrumentation Facility (SRIF), which provides state-of-the-art, high-tech analytical instruments for conducting applied scientific research in the chemical and biochemical fields. He also directs the Center for Bioresource Development (CBD), a multidisciplinary center dedicated to applied research in the biological sciences. Research at CBD is focused on development of products and processes for application to real-world problems in human health and the environment, and has resulted in two patents out of a total of six that the university has received. Chandhoke will continue to manage these facilities.

Chandhoke came to George Mason in 1991 to direct SRIF. He was named associate professor of biology and director of CBD in 1996. He received his Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1991, and a Master of Science in Biological Science with honors and a Bachelor of Pharmacy with honors from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India. His current research is in developmental neuroscience, stress neurochemistry, and pharmacognosy.

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