The Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE) Welcomes Dr. Gregory Cox as Director

After an intensive national search, the University of Maine (UMaine) is delighted to announce that Dr. Gregory Cox has been named Director of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE). In this role, Cox will lead GSBSE as the multi-institutional education and research consortium continues in its mission to pioneer collaborative and transdisciplinary biomedical research. The consortium includes MaineHealth, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, The Jackson Laboratory, University of New England, and the University of Maine. His appointment will begin on January 1, 2024.

Cox previously served as an associate professor at the Jackson Laboratory for nearly 25 years and served as a member of GSBSE’s steering committee since the school’s inception in 2006. In these roles, Cox mentored Ph.D. students from both UMaine and Tufts University while pursuing research on molecular pathways of human degenerative muscle diseases.

An alumnus of California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt, formerly Humboldt State University, Cox earned his Ph.D. in genetics at the University of Michigan. Then began his career with the Jackson Laboratory, initially as a postdoctoral fellow.

GSBSE is a statewide program in partnership with the University of New England, MaineHealth, The Jackson Laboratory, and the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. With nearly 200 faculty members spread across the state, the program gives students a unique research and educational experience that is flexible and diverse.

On accepting this appointment Cox remarked, “I am excited about the prospect of contributing to the vibrant intellectual landscape of this consortium and look forward to the collective impact we can make in the field. I recognize the significance of our Ph.D. program in shaping the future of Biomedical Science and Biomedical Engineering, and I am dedicated to supporting the academic and professional development of our students. Together, we will strive to maintain an inclusive and supportive community that values diversity of thought, encourages collaboration, and embraces the pursuit of knowledge.”

“With his appointment, Dr. Cox is positioned to bring a new era of leadership to the GSBSE program at UMaine, and his commitment to fostering a dynamic educational environment, promoting collaborative research, and prioritizing diversity and inclusion aligns well with the program and UMaine’s broader mission and goals,” said Kody Varahramyan, UMaine’s Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School.

The expansion of GSBSE with the appointment of Cox underscores UMaine’s commitment to growth and impact within the field of biomedical science and engineering. Cox’s vision and experience set forth an exciting future for the program, its students, and the wider scientific community of Maine and beyond.