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Loyola adds endowed professor in innovation to advance scientific research in biohealth

Loyola University Maryland

December 3, 2020


Loyola University Maryland has named Michael Tangrea, Ph.D., '96, as an endowed professor in innovation to expand research in biohealth and promote economic and entrepreneurial success in the state of Maryland. The endowed professorship, which is the first in Loyola’s department of Natural and Applied Sciences, is funded in part by the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF), which is administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce.

“I’m excited to be back at Loyola to share my experiences with the students,” said Tangrea. “My Loyola education was the foundation for my career. I look forward to teaching new courses in biotechnology, continuing my research efforts, and having the opportunity to work with the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.”

Tangrea, who started at Loyola on Aug. 1, 2020, taught first-year students Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology during the Fall 2020 semester.

“Maryland is striving to be the third largest biohealth cluster in the nation by 2023,” said David Rivers, Ph.D., professor of biology. “Our goal at Loyola is to become a major contributor as a university to ensure the success of the bioscience industries in Maryland. Through this endowed professorship and continuous research, we believe we are on the right path.”

During his time at Loyola, Tangrea will establish a translational research program involving Loyola students, develop courses alongside Bill Romani, Ph.D., entrepreneur in residence of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and teach Loyola’s Haig Scholars. In addition, Tangrea and Christopher Thompson, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, plan to launch the BioNavigators program to raise awareness in undergraduate students of biotechnology and biohealth career opportunities throughout the BioHealth Capital Region. Their intent is to strengthen the talent pipeline supporting the bioscience industries in Maryland.