Paul R. Copeland is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. His administrative efforts include supporting all aspects of the research enterprise with a focus on large grant support and individualized early career mentoring.
Paul’s research delves into the dietary requirement for the trace element selenium, which is essential for the function of 25 different proteins in humans. In addition to maintaining an NIH funded research program at UMDNJ/Rutgers since 2002, Dr. Copeland has had administrative duties both at the Universitywide and School level. In 2015, Paul joined the Rutgers Office of Research and Economic Development as the inaugural Director for Research Development. In 2019, He created another new role as Faculty Director of University Core Facility support before returning to his home school in 2022 to take on the role of Associate Dean for Research at RWJMS.