August 1, 2011

Landon King named Johns Hopkins Medicine vice dean for research

Landon King, the David Marine Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry, and director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, in the School of Medicine, has been appointed vice dean for research at Johns Hopkins Medicine, effective Sept. 1.

“We have an enormous and important research enterprise here at Johns Hopkins, and I know Landon is the right person for the job,” said Edward D. Miller, the Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D., Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, in announcing King’s appointment to the Johns Hopkins community. “Landon’s exceptional qualities as a scientist herald a bright future for Hopkins Medicine’s research under his leadership.”

In his new position, King will lead all aspects of basic and translational research at the School of Medicine and will work closely with Miller and other leaders across the university to support and further develop core resources and research infrastructure, and facilitate collaborative research synergies across all of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He also will oversee research administration and policy coordination, and help identify and coordinate technology transfer opportunities for the enterprise. The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has been the largest recipient of NIH biomedical funding for the past 17 years, receiving $438.8 million in 2010.

King earned his undergraduate degree in history in 1982 from Wake Forest University and his medical degree in 1989 from Vanderbilt University. He came to Johns Hopkins in 1989 as an intern in the Osler Medical Service, then transitioned into resident and assistant chief of service. King then became a postdoctoral fellow, studying water channels in the lung with Peter Agre, a 2003 Nobel laureate. In 1997, King joined the faculty of the School of Medicine as an assistant professor and became a full professor in 2010. He has been director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine since 2005.

In 2006, King was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation for his work on regulation and function of aquaporin water channel proteins. His current research focuses on the role of water channels in lung function, as well as immunologic mechanisms of recovery from lung injury. He has published numerous research articles and book chapters, mentored many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and serves on two editorial boards and a number of boards and committees both within Johns Hopkins and nationwide.

He succeeds Chi Van Dang, the Johns Hopkins Family Professor and a professor of medicine, cell biology, oncology and pathology, who is leaving Johns Hopkins in late August to become director of the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center.