Assistant Vice President for Research
Jerry Zamzow enjoys every part of his job as assistant vice president for research, particularly “being a resource to investigators and helping them accomplish important things.”
One way Jerry assists researchers is by helping them navigate the regulations and guidelines for responsible research, which Jerry sees as integral to the research process. “The systems are there for a reason. Maybe you do need to get a form signed or have a certain procedure in place, but it’s not about those administrative steps. It’s about the principles, and those principles are important. I’m here to help keep the principles of responsible research at the forefront of everyone’s mind.”
His responsibilities in the Office of the Vice President for Research include overseeing the Office for Responsible Research (ORR), the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR), and the Attending Veterinarian, as well as two of the research centers on campus.
His work experiences have touched on nearly every aspect of the research process. After graduating from Iowa State University, Jerry worked as a microbiologist in private industry with a protein fractionization company that marketed various proteins for human and animal nutrition and bioscience applications. He also worked in technical transfer and quality assurance, working with products for both humans and animals. In addition, he did primary research in the ISU Animal Science Molecular Animal Nutrition group.
Jerry started at the OVPR in 2008, developing the research post-approval monitoring program in what is now the ORR. He then served as interim director and then director of the ORR. He also worked as interim director and then director of LAR before taking his current position in 2015.
What do you predict Iowa State researchers will be working on in 2050?
“With the huge population growth that we are experiencing in the world, Iowa State is well positioned to have a significant, positive impact on food systems and environmental systems that will help meet those rising needs. I expect Iowa State to be a bigger and better player in those fields in the years to come.”
Jerry can help with: Guiding researchers through the university research system and putting researchers in touch with the unit within the OVPR that can help them solve problems and answer questions.