Jack Blazyk, PhD.

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After earning a PhD in Biochemistry from Brown University and an AB in Chemistry from Hamilton College, Jack Blazyk began his academic career at Ohio University in 1975.  As a first-year Assistant Professor, he was involved in the planning and opening of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1976.  Over the ensuing 40 years, he taught most of the intermediary metabolism in the medical school curriculum and received ten awards from year 1 and 2 medical students for excellence in teaching.  In addition, he led a research program investigating the structure and function of antimicrobial peptides, receiving over $1.5M in external funding, including three NIH awards.  He also served as the mentor for many medical students, undergraduates and graduate students at the MS and PhD level.

In his administrative roles, he first served as Associate Dean for Basic Sciences.  Then, as Associate Dean for Research, he created and supervised the Office of Research and Grants, which helped to expand the college’s research enterprise and developed links with external partners such as the OhioHealth Research Institute and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Institute.  He also chaired the Health Research and Education Task Force and served on the Advisory Board of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Grants Resource Center.

He is looking forward with great anticipation to participating in the launching of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine!