Dr. Richard Marchase
Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Richard Marchase, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His administrative functions include strategic planning, regulatory oversight, recruitment, and space allocation for a research enterprise generating approximately $430 million annually. He functions as the principal university liaison for regional economic development issues and chairs the Board of Innovation Depot, the award-winning business incubator affiliated with UAB. He also serves on the Boards of the UAB Research Foundation, BioAlabama, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation, Alabama EPSCoR, and the UAB-affiliated Southern Research Institute.
Marchase received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and was honored with the Hamilton Award as its Outstanding Graduate in Science and Engineering. He received his Ph.D. with Distinction from The Johns Hopkins University and did postdoctoral training at Duke University. He was named a member of the faculty there and was honored as a Nanaline H. Duke Scholar. In 1984 he received one of the inaugural Presidential Young Investigator Awards from the National Science Foundation. Marchase was recruited to the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Department of Cell Biology in 1986. He was named Chair in 1994, Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine in 2000, and Vice President for Research in 2004. His research interests center on recovery of function following ischemia. He has numerous scientific publications and patents, has served on editorial boards for several biomedical journals, and has been Principal Investigator on over $50 million of research and infrastructure grants and contracts.
Marchase has been active in a host of national organizations, including the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. He served as President of the Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Neurobiology Chairs and as both President and Vice President for Science Policy of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), which represents over 100,000 scientists and is recognized as the principal voice of the biomedical research community on issues related to research funding and policy. He was honored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in 1999 with the Mary Jane Kugle Award and by the American Association of Anatomists with the A.J. Ladman Award for Exemplary Service in 2010. Marchase was named a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2012 and is a member of the Editorial Board of its journal, Technology and Innovation. In 2012 and 2013 he served as Interim President of UAB.