Landon S. King, M.D., the David Marine Professor of medicine and biological chemistry and director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine has been named the next vice dean for research at Johns Hopkins Medicine, effective Sept. 1.
“We have an enormous and important research enterprise here at Hopkins, and I know Landon is the right person for the job,” says Edward D. Miller, M.D., the Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D., Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “I am thrilled to welcome him to this new role.”
As vice dean for research, King will lead all aspects of basic and translational research at the School of Medicine and work closely with the dean 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. In addition, he will oversee research administration and policy coordination and help identify and coordinate technology transfer opportunities for the enterprise. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has been the largest recipient of NIH biomedical funding for the past 17 consecutive 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 first 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 2003 Nobel Laureate Peter Agre. In 1997, King joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as assistant professor and became full professor in 2010. In 2005, King was selected as the director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine.
In 2006, King was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation for his work on regulation and function of aquaporin water channel proteins. King’s 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 Hopkins and nationwide.
He succeeds Chi Van Dang, M.D., professor of medicine, cell biology, oncology and pathology and the Johns Hopkins Family Professor, who is leaving Johns Hopkins in late August to become director of the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center.