The ISS National Lab Announces Joseph Vockley as President and Executive Director.

29 June, 2018

Kennedy Space Center, FL (June 29, 2018)  The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has named Joseph Vockley, Ph.D., as president and executive director for the organization. The ISS National Lab is the nonprofit tasked by NASA to manage, promote, and broker research on the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. Within the role of president and executive director, Dr. Vockley will be responsible for driving the ISS National Lab mission, enabling science and technology opportunities onboard the ISS National Lab that benefit life on Earth while maximizing U.S. taxpayers’ investment in the orbiting laboratory. Dr. Vockley is set to assume duties on July 1, 2018.

Prior to joining the ISS National Lab, Dr. Vockley held senior leadership positions within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries as well as within the public sector. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Vockley has become a recognized expert in the fields of genomics, precision medicine, cancer research, and bioinformatics – receiving multiple patents for his work. In addition to serving in senior leadership positions within notable organizations including The National Cancer Institute and Science Applications International Corporation, Dr. Vockley most recently served as the chief scientific officer and chief operating officer for the Inova Translational Medicine Institute – a research institute focused on translating large-scale genomic data into clinically useful information. While a director at the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Vockley launched the Cancer Genome Atlas Project, a large-scale genomic cancer research project jointly administered with the National Human Genome Research Institute.

“Dr. Vockley comes with a track record of success as a leader of innovative research-based organizations,” said ISS National Lab Chairman of the Board Philip Schein, M.D. “The ISS National Lab looks forward to having him join the team and drive efforts to bring the ISS National Laboratory to the next level of performance in our quest for the most valuable applications for this unique research platform.”

The ISS U.S. National Laboratory is an ever-evolving research platform enabling vast scientific research in a unique microgravity environment. Since 2012, hundreds of experiments have flown to the ISS National Lab under the ISS National Lab management via NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract with SpaceX and Northrop Grumman (previously Orbital ATK) rockets. The ISS National Lab offers opportunities for a diverse range of public and private-sector organizations to explore basic and applied research in the biological sciences, biotechnology, human health, physical and materials science, Earth and space imaging, and engineering research and development that will both advance our efforts in space and contribute to improving life on our planet. The ISS National Lab plays a critical role in accelerating the commercial development of low Earth orbit and generating demand for space research and development activities.

“I look forward to the exciting challenge of leading the ISS National Lab as we continue to bring growth and diversity to the ISS National Laboratory research portfolio,” said incoming the ISS National Lab President and Executive Director Joseph Vockley, Ph.D. “The space station is a powerful research facility that has the capacity to change our lives for the better. To be part of the ISS National Lab at this critical time in space-based research, during the rise of a more commercialized low Earth orbit, was an opportunity I simply could not pass on.”

Dr. Vockley received his B.S. in microbiology from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of Delaware.

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About CASIS: The Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) is the nonprofit organization selected to manage the ISS National Laboratory with a focus on enabling a new era of space research to improve life on Earth. In this innovative role, the ISS National Lab promotes and brokers a diverse range of research in life sciences, physical sciences, remote sensing, technology development, and education.

Since 2011, the ISS National Lab portfolio has included hundreds of novel research projects spanning multiple scientific disciplines, all with the intention of benefitting life on Earth. Working together with NASA, the ISS National Lab aims to advance the nation’s leadership in commercial space, pursue groundbreaking science not possible on Earth, and leverage the space station to inspire the next generation.

About the ISS National Laboratory: In 2005, Congress designated the U.S. portion of the International Space Station as the nation’s newest national laboratory to maximize its use for improving life on Earth, promoting collaboration among diverse users, and advancing STEM education. This unique laboratory environment is available for use by other U.S. government agencies and by academic and private institutions, providing access to the permanent microgravity setting, vantage point in low Earth orbit, and varied environments of space.

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Company: CASIS
Job: Executive Director
Cand: Vockley, Joseph