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Crain's Q&A with Wayne State's new research chief

July 27, 2014


Stephen Lanier, Wayne State University vice president for research, participated in a Q&A with Crain's reporter Tom Henderson about why he took the position and his priorities. Lanier, who has been supported by the National Institutes of Health since 1987, said that he was moving his lab from Charleston and setting it up in Scott Hall and the Chemistry Building. "I want to be part of an interdisciplinary group, so I'll be looking for significant interactions with other labs across campus," he said. One of his main charges will be to get the new biomedical research building occupied that's currently under construction across the street from TechTown. "I'm really excited about that. I need to really work to develop partnerships with the local community, to make sure the work here has a broad impact. We need to jump-start tech development on campus, to nurture partnerships that will turn research into companies and jobs."