Laurie E. Locascio

Laurie E. Locascio

Laurie E. Locascio

Vice President for Research

Laurie E. Locascio is the vice president for research at the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. In this role, Locascio oversees the University of Maryland’s vibrant research and innovation enterprise at these two campuses, which garner a combined $1.1 billion in external research funding each year.  Within Locascio’s purview are the development of large interdisciplinary research programs, technology commercialization, innovation and economic development efforts, and strategic partnerships with industry, federal, academic and nonprofit collaborators. She is a professor in UMD’s Fischell Department of Bioengineering, and professor (secondary) in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  

Locascio previously worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), most recently as acting principal deputy director and associate director responsible for leading the internal scientific research and laboratory programs across two campuses in Gaithersburg, Md., and Boulder, Colo.

Locascio received a B.Sc. in chemistry from James Madison University, a M.Sc. in bioengineering from the University of Utah, and a Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. As a biomedical researcher, she published more than 100 scientific papers and 12 patents.

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