Judith L. Van Houten
Director of Vermont Genetics Network
120 A Marsh Life Science Building
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405
Dr. Van Houten's Page

Dr. Judith Van Houten, University Distinguished Professor and George H. Perkins Professor at the University of Vermont, is the Principal Investigator of the Vermont Genetics Network (VGN), a $16.5 million program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

This award represents the largest single investigator grant ever received at the University of Vermont. VGN is funded by a five-year award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and is part of the NIH initiative called IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research (INBRE).

VGN is a collaboration among the University of Vermont, Castleton State College, Green Mountain College, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, Middlebury College, Norwich University and Saint Michael's College to build critical mass and infrastructure in the broad area of genetics and Biomedical Science.

Dr. Van Houten is also the State Director and Principal Investigator of the Vermont National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR grant that builds science and engineering infrastructure in Vermont. Dr. Van Houten serves on the National EPSCoR Foundation Board which helps craft policy concerning the National EPSCoR program by working with federal agencies on issues regarding science and engineering funding.

In addition, Dr. Van Houten is the Director of the Vermont EPSCoR Streams Project. This project is dedicated to collecting and sharing data from streams of the Lake Champlain Watershed. Streams staff and faculty are working with students, teachers, and faculty from around the state in this effort. The data that is collected with serve the needs to the Complex Systems Modeling Group as well as many state/local agencies in finding solutions to the pollution issues in Vermont's waterways.

Dr. Van Houten received a BS from Pacific Lutheran University and her PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her research investigates the molecular mechanisms of how cells detect chemicals, and she uses organisms as small Paramecium and as complex as mice. Her work provides insights into the sense of smell. Dr. Van Houten received the Manheimer Award in 1996 for career achievements in chemosensory sciences and the University Scholar Award in 1991.

Professor Van Houten's extensive experience and broad knowledge of our state's research assets give us confidence that VGN will continue to play a key role in the development of Vermont's research infrastructure.

Ph.D. (1977), University of California, Santa Barbara. NIH Postdoctoral Fellow (77-79), University of British Columbia. Visiting Assistant Professor (79-80), University of Iowa. Assistant Professor (80-86), Associate Professor (86- 92), Professor (92-present), University of Vermont.

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National Institute of General Medical Sciences
of the
National Institutes of Health

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Vermont Genetics Network
University of Vermont
120A Marsh Life Science Building
Burlington, VT 05405-0086
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