John Cavanagh, PhD
John Cavanagh is the interim president of the David H. Murdock Research Institute.
He is also the Senior Vice President for Discovery Sciences at RTI International and was previously the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry at North Carolina State University. He is an expert in protein structural biology, particularly in how bacteria are able to protect themselves.
Dr. Cavanagh received his PhD in Chemistry/NMR spectroscopy from the University of Cambridge in 1988. He has held positions as a Senior Research Associate at The Scripps Research Institute, Director of Structural Biology at the Wadsworth Center (New York State Department of Health), Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences (SUNY) and Professor of Chemistry (Purdue).
Since 2000, he has been Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Molecular & Structural Biochemistry at North Carolina State University. Dr. Cavanagh has served on numerous NIH and NSF grant review panels and is currently a permanent member of the MSFB Study Section at NIH . He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed research publications and is co-author of the well-known textbook “Protein NMR Spectroscopy.”
He has been awarded the Foulerton Gift & Binmore Kenner Fellowship of the Royal Society (1990), the Fullsome Award (1996), the NC State University Alumni Associations Outstanding Research Award (2005) and Entrepreneur of the Year- NC State University (2012). He runs the Jimmy V-NCSU Cancer Therapeutics Training Program, was Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research at NC State from 2012-2014 and is the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Agile Sciences Inc., a Raleigh based biotechnology company focusing on antibiotic resistance.