Biography

Michael E. Zwick, Ph.D., is the Senior Vice President for Research at Rutgers University. The Office for Research supports the research, scholarship, and innovation of more than 1500 Rutgers faculty who received more than $872 million in sponsored awards in FY 22. Dr. Zwick leads a team of 328 expert staff supported by an annual budget of more than $70 million. The Office for Research's teams includes Research Administration, Innovation Ventures (technology transfer and entrepreneurship), Animal Care, Advanced Research Computing, Core Services, Research Development, Finance and Administration, and Policy, Training, and Communications.

Dr. Zwick's 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. His research uses genetic principles to discover the causes of rare and common disorders. His collaborative, team-based research applies "omics" platforms and analytical methods to gain insight into the etiology of various diseases.

Dr. Zwick is also a former surface warfare qualified officer in the United States Navy (Commander, O-5) who retired in June 2017 with 25 years of service. 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 recalled to active duty to support the Iraq and Afghanistan war efforts from November 2002 through November 2004. His responsibilities included deploying biodefense platforms in the United States Navy fleet and formulating and implementing national biodefense strategies.