Richard Marchase, PhD



Vice President for Research


Senior Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine


The University of Alabama at Birmingham




Richard Marchase, PhD

Richard B. Marchase, Ph.D. (b. 1948) is the UAB Vice President for Research, the Senior Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine, and Professor of Cell Biology.


His administrative functions include strategic planning, regulatory oversight, recruitment, and space allocation for a research enterprise generating approximately $450 million annually.


Marchase received his undergraduate degree with honors in 1970 from Cornell University, and was honored with the Hamilton Award as the Outstanding Graduate in Science and Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in 1976 and did postdoctoral training at Duke University. He was named a member of the faculty there in 1978 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. Dr. Marchase was recruited to the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Department of Cell Biology in 1986 as an Associate Professor. He was promoted to Professor in 1990 and was named Chair in 1994. He became Associate Dean in 2000 and Vice President in 2004.


Dr. Marchase maintains an active research laboratory supported by the National Institutes of Health. He is a past Associate Editor of The Anatomical Record and was on the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology: Cell. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the journal SHOCK. He was presented with the Mary Jane Kugle Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in 1999.



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