Vice President for Administration, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
Dr. Patricia Hand is Vice President for Administration of the Mount Desert Island (MDI) Biological Laboratory, an independent non-profit research institution in Maine. MDI Biological Laboratory’s mission is to develop solutions to complex human and environmental health problems through research and education.
Dr. Hand is a member of the EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation Board of Directors, the council of the National Association of IDeA Principal Investigators, and the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board, which serves as Maine’s EPSCoR Committee. She is also an adjunct faculty member of The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and The University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering.
Dr. Hand received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the George Washington University. At the National Cancer Institute, NIH, Dr. Hand’s research studies focused on the immunodiagnosis and immunotherapy of human cancers. These preclinical translational studies resulted in two patents and 96 publications, and contributed to the development of several clinical trials. Dr. Hand has mentored more than 50 undergraduate, graduate and medical students, and postdoctoral fellows. At the NIH and MDI Biological Laboratory, Dr. Hand has built multi-institutional collaborative research networks. She has been Principal Investigator of the Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence since its inception in 2001.
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