Randy M Burd, PhD

Assoc Vice President, Global Research Alliances
Asst Director, Distance - Global Initiatives
Professor, Bio5 Institute, Nutritional Sciences
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-1863
Professional Bio: 

Randy Burd, Ph.D. is the Associate Vice President for Global Research Alliances in the office of Research, Discovery and Innovation.  He also serves as the Assistant Director of Distance and Global Initiatives in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where he holds a faculty appointment as a Professor of Nutritional Sciences. His role in these linked positions is to lead the expansion of programs and initiatives to increase global research and connect faculty to new international research opportunities.  He also has extensive expertise in technology, innovation and distance education, and in developing international research and academic programs. 

Dr. Burd received his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biophysics in 1998 from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York.  In 2002 he was appointed the director of Pre-Clinical Therapeutics at Thomas Jefferson University. In 2005 he was recruited to the University of Arizona to establish a Nutrigenomics program to identify new bioactive food compounds that could be developed into pharmaceuticals. In 2012 he assumed the role of Assistant Vice President for Program Innovation, and now serves as Associate Vice President for Research, Global Research Alliances. His current research efforts focus on bioactive food compounds and he also publishes in the areas of technology and innovation.  He currently teaches a course in Nutrigenomics.  His research and education programs have been funded through various sources including international, federal, state, foundation and industrial.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Biology
Research Focus: 

Current research interests in our laboratory focus on improving tumor radiation response through the use of biological response modifiers that alter tumor cell function, metabolism, cytokine stimulation and prostaglandin production, and affect aspects of tumor development, growth and treatment response. These include pharmaceutical drugs that are designed to specifically target tumors, bioactive nutritional components such as bioflavonoids, and compounds that regulate tumor glucose metabolism.

Selected Publications: 

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 
2015-2016     Visiting Professor, Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Puebla, MX
2012-Present  Assistant Vice President for Program Innovation, Global Initiatives, UA
2012-Present  Assistant Director, Global Initiatives, UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
2011-Present  Associate Professor with Tenure, Department of Nutritional Sciences, UA
2005-2011     Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, The University of Arizona (UA)
2003-2005     Director, Pre-clinical Therapeutics, Department of Radiation Oncology, Thomas Jefferson U.
2002-2005     Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University.
Adjunct Positions:
2005-2014     Adjunct Faculty, Department of Radiologic Sciences, Holy Family College
2004-Present  Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Thomas Jefferson U.
2004-2012     Adjunct Faculty, Department of Radiological Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University
2001-2015     Associated Faculty, School of Radiation Therapy, Cooper Health System, NJ
2014          International Faculty Lecturer, Universidad Estatal de Sonora, Hermosillo, MX
2012          Fellow, Bart Cardon Teaching Academy, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2012          Fellow, Academic Leadership Institute, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2011          Research Career Development Award, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2009          Bart Cardon Early Career Faculty Teaching Award, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2008          Lamda nu Lecturer, Radiation Biology Honor Society, Holy Family College, Philadelphia, PA
2004          Young Alumnus Achievement Award, University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
2004          David Vernon Bullough Award for Academic Excellence in Biology, University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
1994          Cum Laude, University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
2014-Present  Nutrition and Cancer, Editorial Board
2012-Present  Journal of Food and Nutritional Disorders, Founding Editorial Board
2010-2014     Nutrition and Cancer, Associate Editor
Grant review:
2014          Partners of the Americas 100K Strong Round Five
2012          Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Production of Reactive Oxygen Species in Cancer Stem Cells Subsequent to Acute Radiation Exposure, Scientific Reviewer
2011          USDA Higher Education Challenge Review Panel, Scientific Reviewer
2010          Department of Defense, BCRP Clinical & Experimental Therapeutics #1, Scientist Reviewer
2009          Department of Defense, BCRP Concept-Cell Biology #2, Online Reviewer
2008          Department of Defense, Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Clinical & Experimental Therapeutics #1, Scientist Reviewer
Other Experience and Professional Memberships/Affiliations: 
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • North American Hyperthermia Society
  • Radiation Research Society

Academic Information

Post Doctoral: 
Thomas Jefferson University, 2002
PhD, University at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Inst., 1998
Undergraduate School: 
BA, Biological Sciences, University College at Buffalo, 1994