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Laurie E. Locascio

Vice President for Research
Division of Research
Primary Expertise: 
Analytical Chemistry

Laurie E. Locascio, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Research at the University of Maryland. She has extensive experience leading federal research programs and laboratories and building strategic partnerships among universities, industry, and government labs.

Locascio previously worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), rising from a research biomedical engineer to senior leadership positions, including, most recently, acting principal deputy director and associate director for laboratory programs, providing leadership and operational guidance for NIST's seven scientific and mission-focused laboratories.

Prior to that, Locascio directed NIST’s Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), one of the agency's largest scientific labs. She oversaw 1,000 research staff in eight locations around the U.S. and a $175M annual budget. The Material Measurement Laboratory is the Nation’s reference laboratory for the biological, chemical, and materials sciences, and provides research, measurement services and quality assurance tools to address problems of national importance in areas that include precision medicine, data and informatics, biologic and cellular therapeutics, environmental science, and the Materials Genome Initiative.

Locascio’s honors and awards include the 2017 American Chemical Society Earle B. Barnes Award for Leadership in Chemical Research Management; the 2017 Washington Academy of Sciences Special Award in Scientific Leadership; and the US Department of Commerce Silver and Bronze Medals. She is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She has published 115 scientific papers and holds 11 patents in the fields of bioengineering and analytical chemistry.

Ph.D. Toxicology, University of Maryland, Baltimore
M.S. Bioengineering, University of Utah
B.S. Chemistry, James Madison University