David H. Murdock Research Institute

DHMRI Names John Cavanagh, PhD, as Interim President

November 05, 2014

(Kannapolis, NC- November 5, 2014) Robert Califf, MD, chief executive officer of the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) Board of Directors, announced today that John Cavanagh, PhD, has been named interim president.

“I am tremendously excited by the opportunity to take up this new role at DHMRI,” Cavanagh stated. “It cavanagh johnis a really remarkable institute with unique capabilities in an array of disciplines connecting agriculture and nutrition to human health.  I’ve spent my career working on overcoming diseases in the human and plant worlds, so DHMRI’s mission and Mr. Murdock’s vision resonate perfectly with me. I can’t wait to contribute.”

Cavanagh is the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry at NCSU and has been a professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry at NCSU since 2000. He is an expert in protein structural biology, particularly in how bacteria are able to protect themselves. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed research publications and is co-author of the well-known textbook Protein NMR Spectroscopy. He is the co-founder and chief scientific officer of Agile Sciences Inc., a Raleigh based biotechnology company focusing on antibiotic resistance.

“Dr. Cavanagh is a distinguished scientist. He knows the DHMRI and understands its mission and scientific capabilities,” Califf said. “As we assimilate the wonderful new pledge of $15 million per year in core funding from Mr. Murdock, he is the ideal person to bring the founding universities together as we enter this next exciting phase of development for the Institute.  We look forward to working with Dr. Cavanagh to bring Mr. Murdock’s dream into reality.”

David Murdock announced in September that he was committing $15 million annually in perpetuity toward the operational support and research initiatives of the DHMRI. Since 2007, Mr. Murdock has personally invested over $800 million toward the development of the DHMRI and the North Carolina Research Campus.



DHMRI, which is located on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC, provides a multidisciplinary approach integrating genomics, analytical sciences, cellular sciences and bioinformatics to accelerate the R&D of companies, institutions and researchers throughout the world as well as the NCRC’s university, corporate and healthcare partners. To learn more, visit http://www.dhmri.org.




Lynne Scott Safrit, PhD


NC Research Campus/Castle & Cooke, North Carolina



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