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Florida International’s Stempel College Appoints New Associate Dean of Research

Florida International University (FIU) Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work has appointed Dr. Jason R. Richardson to be the new associate dean of research and professor in the department of environmental health sciences (EHS). He will assume leadership responsibilities in the Office of the Dean in July.

Dr. Richardson has an impressive record of 15 years of continual funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the current support of three grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), including a $2.5 million grant on “Mechanism of Gene-Environment Interaction in Alzheimer’s Disease.” He also recently secured a $3.98 million U01 research project/cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Dr. Richardson is a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and was recently elected a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. He spent a decade at Rutgers University as a faculty member at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, where he also served as deputy director and then director of the NIH-funded joint graduate program in toxicology. At Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Dr. Richardson served as the founding director of the university-wide Center for Neurodegenerative Disease and Aging.

Dr. Richardson has authored or co-authored over 90 manuscripts and book chapters in the areas of developmental neurotoxicology, neurodegenerative disease and pesticides. He has given more than 75 invited lectures both nationally and internationally. Dr. Richardson has served as a reviewer and chair for several NIH panels, including a two-year term as chair of the Environmental Health Sciences Review Committee at NIEHS.

He received the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award from NIEHS, was the inaugural recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Toxicology Division of The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and took home the Society of Toxicology Achievement Award in 2017. Dr. Richardson’s research focuses on the role of environmental exposures and their interactions with genetic susceptibility as contributors to neurological disease using translational approaches.

He brings significant administrative experience to Stempel College from his last post at NEOMED’s College of Pharmacy, where he served as acting associate dean for research and acting chair of the department of pharmaceutical sciences.

Dr. Richardson received his master’s degree in veterinary medical science/toxicology before earning his doctorate in environmental toxicology from Mississippi State University. He will arrive at Stempel College along with his wife, Dr. Terrilyn A. Richardson, as she joins the EHS department as a clinical associate professor.