Merritt DeLano-Taylor, PhD
Title: Interim Assistant Dean for Research, Facilities Planning, and Community Engagement
Office: B-4-232 MAK
- Coordinate facilities and space requests
- Advocate for teaching and research-related resource needs
- Provide budget-related recommendations for space and research needs
- Facilitate research and grant activities
- Assist the Dean with general administrative needs
Before joining the Biomedical Sciences department at GVSU in 2008, Merritt DeLano-Taylor was a research fellow at the Center for Stem Cell Biology and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Michigan. Merritt joined GVSU's faculty to pursue a commitment to undergraduate science education through excellence in the classroom and scientific discovery at the bench. The Taylor lab is working to determine how neural stem cells differentiate into specific cell types at specific points in development. This includes one recent project, based solely on work with undergraduate researchers, is being submitted as a patent.
Merritt describes himself as fortunate to be at a university that values teaching by bringing students to the intersection of research, innovation, and entrepreneurial opportunity. "At GVSU, we teach what we practice, and we practice what we teach," Taylor says. He is delighted to have the opportunity to continue to serve to support this mission. Previously Merritt has been elected to serve on the Research and Development committee for the past seven years (most recently as chair), and was the founding chair of the University Sabbatical Review committee. Merritt also enjoys traveling with his husband Dennis and participating in triathlons.