Gene D'Amour
Title RCMI Principal Investigator
Faculty Rank Professor
Degree Ph.D.
Institution Xavier University of Louisiana
Department President's Office
Clusters Other
1 Drexel Drive
City New Orleans
State LA
Postal Code 70125
Telephone (504) 520-7263
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Since the earliest days of my career, I have worked to develop programs to strengthen undergraduate science education. As Director of Faculty Development in Instruction at West Virginia University, I was instrumental in enhancing a new approach to teaching problem-solving. Much of my work at Tulane University involved building a partnership with Xavier to create new interdisciplinary centers including the Center for Bioenvironmental Research. As Chair of Louisiana EPSCoR, I played a key role in forming partnerships between research-intensive universities and predominantly undergraduate institutions to enhance research competitiveness and to engage undergraduate minority students in research. During that time, Louisiana’s per scientist federal funding grew from 38% to 90% of US average. As Senior Vice President for Resource Development at Xavier, I have worked to enhance Xavier’s research capacity as well as funding for the revision of educational programs and I have nurtured professional relationships with intra- and inter-university research administrators and faculty to achieve strategic goals and funding levels. As a direct result of these efforts, Xavier is now ranked among the top 10 HBCUs in the nation in NIH funding.


1. Foroozesh M, Giguette M, Morgan K, Johanson K, D'Amour G, Coston T, Wilkins-Green C. Building integrated pathways to independence for diverse biomedical researchers: Project Pathways, the BUILD program at Xavier University of Louisiana. BMC Proc. 2017; 11(Suppl 12):28.
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