Matthew Kluger Named Mason’s New Vice President for Research

Posted: March 4, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

Matthew Kluger
Matthew Kluger

Matthew Kluger has been named George Mason University’s new vice president for research, effective July 1. Kluger, who has served as vice president for research and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Medical College of Georgia since 1999, will replace Christopher Hill.

No stranger to research, Kluger’s own interests have included the biological roles of systematic manifestations of injury, inflammation, and disease.

“For many years, my laboratory studied the evolution and adaptive value of fever and other acute phase responses, such as hypoferremia,” he says. “We are currently investigating the changes in body temperature, loss of food appetite, and decrease in body weight and activity that are observed during those phase responses.”

Kluger has been part of higher education for nearly 40 years, going back to 1967 when he worked for two years as a teaching assistant at the University of Illinois.

In 1972, he began a 21-year association with the University of Michigan Medical School as a member of its faculty. During those years, he rose in the ranks from assistant professor of physiology to full professor.

In 1993, Kluger became director and senior scientist at the Institute for Basic and Applied Medical Research at The Lovelace Institute in New Mexico. He remained at The Lovelace Institute through 1999, when he left to assume duties at the Medical College of Georgia.

Throughout his academic career, Kluger has had more than 150 articles appear in peer-reviewed publications and nearly 80 articles appear in nonpeer-reviewed publications.

Kluger earned his undergraduate degree in zoology at Cornell University and his master’s degree and PhD, also in zoology, at the University of Illinois. He also earned an MBA at the Anderson Schools of Management at the University of New Mexico.

Kluger joins George Mason at a time when greater emphasis is being placed on research. Coinciding with this is the significant strides made by Mason in the past five years in collecting greater amounts of research dollars. Recently, both Virginia’s Gov. Mark Warner and Secretary of Technology Eugene Huang publicly recognized Mason for its advances in this area.

Since 1995, Mason’s research dollars have grown from approximately $20 million to its current total of more than $65 million.

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