Dr. Roland A. Owens

Dr. Roland A. Owens received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and his Ph.D. in biology from The Johns Hopkins University.  He began his career at NIH as a National Research Service Award Fellow in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  In 1988 he received an Intramural Research Training Award in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).  He became a principal investigator in NIDDK in 1992, and was tenured in 1998.  His research focused on adeno-associated virus type-2 (AAV2).  Dr. Owens is a co-inventor on two patents involving AAV2 gene therapy applications.  He served on the editorial board of Journal of Virology from 1997 to 2002, and was a member of the NIH Central Tenure Committee from 2000-2002.  He is active in the mentoring of minority scientists and in 2002 was selected as Mentor of the Year by the UMBC Meyerhoff Scholarship Program.  In 2008 he was named an Assistant Director of the NIH Office of Intramural Research.  A major duty of his current position is the recruitment and mentoring of tenure-track investigators.  In 2010, he won an NIH Director’s Award for co-leading the trans-NIH Earl Stadtman tenure-track investigator search.  In 2011, he won an NIH Merit Award “In recognition of the exemplary support to NIH Leadership’s establishing diversity programs.”