Dr. Patricia Hand is Vice President for Administration of the
Mount Desert Island (MDI) Biological Laboratory, an independent
non-profit research institution in Maine.
MDI Biological Laboratory’s mission is to develop
solutions to complex human and environmental health problems
through research and education.
Dr. Hand is a member of the EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation Board of
Directors, the council of the National Association of IDeA
Principal Investigators, and the Maine Innovation Economy
Advisory Board, which serves as Maine’s EPSCoR Committee. She is
also an adjunct faculty member of The Geisel School of Medicine
at Dartmouth and The University of Maine Graduate School of
Biomedical Science and Engineering.
Dr. Hand received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the George
Washington University. At the National Cancer Institute, NIH,
Dr. Hand’s research studies focused on the immunodiagnosis and
immunotherapy of human cancers. These preclinical translational
studies resulted in two patents and 96 publications, and
contributed to the development of several clinical trials. Dr.
Hand has mentored more than 50 undergraduate, graduate and
medical students, and postdoctoral fellows. At the NIH and MDI
Biological Laboratory, Dr. Hand has built multi-institutional
collaborative research networks. She has been Principal
Investigator of the Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research
Excellence since its inception in 2001.