James A. Dias, Ph.D.

James DiasVice President for Research
University at Albany

As Vice President for Research, Dr. James A. Dias serves as the chief research officer for the University at Albany where he promotes the advancement of research, innovation and development across nine colleges and schools and over 50 research centers. Prior to his appointment in 2009, Dias served 21 years on the faculty of UAlbany’s Department of Biomedical Sciences in the School of Public Health where he remains a professor.

Dias was previously a member of the Department of Biochemistry at Albany Medical College, a research scientist with the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health, and scientific director of the Wadsworth Center’s scientific core facilities. Dias was chair of the Biomedical Sciences Department in UAlbany's School of Public Health from 2002-2009.

He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in the animal science subspecialty of reproductive physiology, from Washington State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Gonzaga University, Washington.

Dias is a reproductive physiologist specializing in the biochemical endocrinology of the reproductive hormones which control high quality gametogenesis. Prior to becoming Vice President for Research his laboratory was funded by the National Institutes of Health for 20 years. He has published more than 100 research articles. He also has performed service for national trade journals, study sections and external advisory panels.

He is the recipient of several NIH career development awards, including an individual National Research Service Award, a New Investigator Award and a Research Career Development Award.