Vikas Chandhoke Appointed VP of Research and Economic Development

Posted: June 18, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: June 19, 2013 at 7:07 am

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By Tara Laskowski

Vikas Chandhoke. Creative Services photo

Vikas Chandhoke. Creative Services photo

Vikas Chandhoke was appointed by George Mason University Provost Peter Stearns to the position of vice president for research and economic development, effective June 26.

Chandhoke has been the dean of the College of Science at George Mason since the college was founded in 2006 and has served Mason in a variety of faculty and administrative roles for more than 20 years.

“Dean Chandhoke brings a great track record to the position, and I am very much looking forward to working with him in this new role,” says Stearns.

A visionary leader, Chandhoke has implemented innovative research programs in molecular medicine, infectious diseases and bioinformatics and has developed synergistic, cutting-edge translational research opportunities to bring personalized medicine to the forefront of patient care. In collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization and other international partners, he works to find global solutions to agricultural management and drought and flood control utilizing satellite remote sensing data, meteorological modeling and other state-of-the-art technologies.

Chandhoke earned his PhD from the University of Maine and received his MSc (Hons.) and BPharm (Hons.) degrees from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India.

“I look forward to working with Mason’s diverse research initiatives in a new role strengthening and expanding our efforts,” says Chandhoke.

The interim dean of the College of Science will be Peggy Agouris, chair of the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science and director of the Center for Earth Observing and Space Research. A search committee will be established in late summer, with Debbie Boehm-Davis, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, as chair.

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