Randy M Burd

Research Interests

Randy Burd, Ph.D. is the Associate Vice President for Global Research Alliances in the office of Research, Discovery and Innovation. He also serves as the Assistant Director of Distance and Global Initiatives in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where he holds a faculty appointment as a Professor of Nutritional Sciences. His role in these linked positions is to lead the expansion of programs and initiatives to increase global research and connect faculty to new international research opportunities. He also has extensive expertise in technology, innovation and distance education, and in developing international research and academic programs.
Dr. Burd received his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biophysics in 1998 from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. In 2002, he was appointed the director of Pre-Clinical Therapeutics at Thomas Jefferson University. In 2005, he was recruited to the University of Arizona to establish a Nutrigenomics program to identify new bioactive food compounds that could be developed into pharmaceuticals. In 2012, he assumed the role of Assistant Vice President for Program Innovation, and now serves as Associate Vice President for Research, Global Research Alliances. His current research efforts focus on bioactive food compounds and he also publishes in the areas of technology and innovation. He currently teaches a course in Nutrigenomics. His research and education programs have been funded through various sources including international, federal, state, foundation and industrial sources.