Andre Palmer named COE Associate Dean for Research

Posted: August 16, 2021
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Ohio Eminent Scholar Andre Palmer, Professor and Associate Dean for Research

Ohio Eminent Scholar Andre Palmer, professor and former chair of the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been named associate dean for research in the College of Engineering. Effective August 15, he will lead the research endeavors of faculty and staff, oversee the college’s research operations—totaling more than $138 million in annual research expenditures—and grow strategic industry partnerships.

“I am excited to collaborate with faculty, students and staff to strengthen the college’s research impact,” said Palmer, who also will lead the technology licensing and commercialization strategy for the college.

Palmer is one of the world’s leading experts in blood substitute research and engineering. His work is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. His funding success has been remarkable--from 2016-2017, he won four NIH R01s. His second NIH R01 for 2021 provides $2.6M in support of bioengineering a dual function protein construct to detoxify heme and hemoglobin.

A graduate of Howard University (B.S., 1995) and Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D., 1998), Palmer has been teaching and conducting research at Ohio State since 2006. He received the College of Engineering's Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education in 2012. In 2015, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Fellows represent the top 2% of the medical and biological engineering community in the country.

“In a college full of elite researchers, Andre is an exceptional role model,” said Dean Ayanna Howard. “His success and experience as chair of a large department and his attention to impact and innovation will serve us well as he leads our expanding research portfolio.”

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Palmer’s research interests encompass the development of novel hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers for a variety of applications in transfusion medicine and tissue engineering as oxygen therapeutics. His lab is also developing scavengers of hemoglobin, heme and iron, non heme-based plasma substitutes, and monocyte/macrophage-targeted drug delivery systems.

Palmer is author of more than 140 peer reviewed publications. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2001 and the Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award in 2008 from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. Most recently, he received the 2021 Gaden Award from the journal Biotechnology & Bioengineering (Wiley) in recognition of a "truly outstanding paper."

Palmer currently serves as a member of the NIH BMBI study section and the International Scientific Advisory Committee on Blood Substitutes. He is also a member of the Academic Advisory board for the Department of Chemical Engineering at Howard University.

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