Michael E. Zwick, Ph.D., the Senior Vice President for Research at Rutgers University, leads the Office for Research that supports the research, scholarship, and creative endeavors of all Rutgers faculty. Dr. Zwick oversees 329 staff serving Research Administration, Innovation Ventures (technology transfer and entrepreneurship), Animal Care, Advanced Research Computing, Core Services, Research Development, and Finance and Administration functions which are critical in managing the support for the University’s growing research and innovation portfolio of more than $850 million in sponsored awards annually.

Dr. Zwick’s collaborative, team-based approach comes from his 25 years of military service as a former surface warfare qualified officer in the United States Navy (Commander, O-5). Dr. Zwick served onboard the USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59) for 38 months and is a veteran of Desert Storm. As a reservist, he served in multiple commands, including Commander Pacific Fleet, Commander US Forces Japan, Naval Medical Research Center, and the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Zwick was called to active duty to support the Iraq and Afghanistan war efforts from November 2002 through November 2004.

Dr. Zwick earned a B.S. from Cornell University in Biological Sciences, specializing in Genetics and Development, and a Ph.D. in Population Biology from the Center for Population Biology at the University of California at Davis. A former Professor of Human Genetics at Emory University, his research uses genetics principles to discover the causes of rare and common disorders, with research experience as an individual investigator, a member of large consortiums, and a research leader.