Guru Rao, Roy J. Carver Professor in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology (BBMB), has been named associate vice president in the office of the vice president for research, effective Feb. 15.
Rao will focus on working with faculty to engage federal and industry funding opportunities, develop interdisciplinary research teams in response to emerging federal priorities, and build relationships with current and prospective research sponsors.
"I'm pleased that Guru will join the leadership team in our office," said Sarah Nusser, vice president for research. "Guru's outstanding research and leadership experience will be invaluable in helping faculty to grow their own programs and in advancing the scope and impact of Iowa State research."
Rao joined the Iowa State faculty in 2006 after 18 years as a researcher and senior research leader at DuPont Pioneer. He was appointed interim chair of the BBMB department in 2007 and since 2009 has served as chair.
"I'm excited to take on this new role, and I look forward to the opportunity to help build on Iowa State's research strengths as well as move into new areas of national priority," Rao said.
Rao was selected in an internal search. This associate VP for research position previously was held by Chitra Rajan, who left Iowa State in July.