Sutherland to lead research efforts for College of Science and Mathematics

AUGUSTA, Ga.- John Sutherland, Chair of the Department of Physics at East Carolina University, has been named the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for Georgia Regents University’s College of Science and Mathematics effective July 1.

He will serve as director of GRU’s Center for Undergraduate Research and as a liaison between the college and government agencies.

”Dr. Sutherland is an accomplished researcher who has demonstrated expert leadership in guiding innovation in higher education and science,” said Rickey Hicks, Dean of GRU’s College of Science and Mathematics. “His ability to not only manage research teams, but to promote an academic environment that advances discovery, makes him the perfect choice to guide our college’s research efforts.”

For 13 years, Sutherland served at ECU in various capacities, including Chair of the Department of Physics and Interim Dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.
Prior to that, Sutherland taught and conducted research at numerous institutions including the State University of New York at Stony Brook’s School of Medicine, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also held tenured faculty positions at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research while serving a tour as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps.

Sutherland is an award-winning physicist who has been recognized for inventing the IMAGESystem – the first charged-coupled device electronic imaging system for recording fluorescence from electrophoretic gels – and the Fluorescence Omnilyzer – a single-photon counting system that records simultaneously the wavelength, time-of-arrival, and polarization of each detected photon. He has completed several fellowships and has been published in more than 150 publications.

Sutherland earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in physics from Georgia Tech. He received a postdoctoral degree in biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley.


Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution.

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