Alam Leads LSU Health New Orleans Research Services
NEW ORLEANS – Jawed Alam, PhD, MBA, was appointed to the position of executive director, Office of Research Services at LSU Health New Orleans.
He oversees pre-award and sponsored project activities, as well as the Institutional Review Board, which provides oversight for the protection of human subjects participating in research, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Institutional Bio-Safety Committee and the Conflict of Interest program.
Dr. Alam was born in India and immigrated to the United States at an early age. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University and his Doctor of Philosophy from Purdue University, both in the field of Biochemistry. More recently, Alam earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans.
Alam completed postdoctoral fellowships at both North Carolina State University and LSU Health New Orleans. In 1989, Alam joined the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at Ochsner Clinic Foundation as a staff scientist, becoming co-director of the laboratory in 1998. During this period, his research focused primarily on the adaptive and maladaptive cellular and molecular responses to oxidative stress, a condition that is implicated in multiple human pathologies including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease.
At Ochsner Alam also held multiple administrative roles, culminating in the interim vice-president for research and the deputy head of research for the Ochsner Clinical School of the University of Queensland. He currently holds an appointment as an adjunct associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at LSU Health New Orleans. Additionally, Alam has had a long-term interest in promoting science education at the K-12 level. He is involved in several programs designed to provide elementary and secondary school students with opportunities to learn about medicine, science, and research in a fun and interactive way. The ultimate goal of these programs is to spark students' interest in these fields as potential education and career pathways.
Alam’s appointment was effective Oct. 1.