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URI President David Dooley

David Dooley, Ph.D., President, University of Rhode Island

Known for his collaborative leadership style that encourages entrepreneurial approaches to problem solving and program development, President Dooley fosters a community of discovery that involves all URI students, faculty and staff. He has reshaped the University’s strategic direction, creating a set of broadly defined goals critical to the University’s evolution.

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Stefan Pryor, Secretary of Commerce

Stefan Pryor serves as Rhode Island’s first Secretary of Commerce. Appointed by Governor Gina M. Raimondo and confirmed unanimously by the Rhode Island State Senate in 2015, Secretary Pryor oversees and coordinates the State agencies and offices responsible for economic development, business regulation, housing, and workforce development. Pryor served for approximately five years (2006-2011) as […]

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Zahir Shaikh, RI-INBRE

Dr. Shaikh, Ph.D. has a long standing research interest in the area of metal toxicology, with special emphasis on the mechanisms of nephrotoxicity. In addition to basic studies in this field, his laboratory has investigated biomarkers of renal dysfunction in both occupationally- as well as environmentally-exposed populations in the United States and Japan. A more recent […]

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Gerald Sonnenfeld, University of Rhode Island

Dr. Gerald Sonnenfeld, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Rhode Island. The role of his department is to find funding sources, prepare proposals, manage awards, address research integrity issues, protect and commercialize your intellectual property, and publish your research. For more information and to connect with his […]

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