Keith A. Gary, PhD, is responsible for facilitating collaborations between scientists at stakeholder institutions to take advantage of research funding opportunities issued by life sciences funding agencies. Additionally, he works with stakeholder representatives to help establish or expand research infrastructure within the region. Dr. Gary is involved in advocacy-related activities at the local, state and federal levels. He also works with educational institutions toward ensuring the availability of a competent workforce well-trained in math and science.
Prior to joining BioNexus KC, Dr. Gary was an Assistant Professor and Director of Basic Science Laboratories in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut. Dr. Gary deliberately positioned his research program at the preclinical/clinical interface, allowing new discoveries in the laboratory to quickly impact clinical care and to bring clinical observations back to the lab for analysis in appropriate animal models. His research interests were focused on thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) as a neurotransmitter in the brain and what role TRH played in mechanisms underlying mood disorders (bipolar disorder, depression). His research utilized a broad range of anatomical, behavioral, biochemical, molecular and pharmacological approaches in both animal models and human tissues. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Gary was actively engaged in medical, graduate and postgraduate education. Dr. Gary received a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1993 under the direction of Dr. Bibie Chronwall. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania in neuropsychopharmacology.
Dr. Gary is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and the Society for Neuroscience. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the ALS Association, Board of Directors for the Mid-America Chapter of the ALS Association and BioKansas. He has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and was a contributing author to Basic Mechanisms and Therapeutic Implications of Bipolar Disorder.