Dakota Wesleyan University welcomes BRIN research director

Friday, September 20, 2013

Dr. Greg Hartgraves joins Dakota Wesleyan University’s science faculty as the new BRIN research director.

Hartgraves began at DWU this summer as the college’s BRIN research director – BRIN standing for Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. His office and the BRIN research lab are located within the new Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center on campus. Dakota Wesleyan students and faculty participate yearly in South Dakota-BRIN studies.

“I have always had a passion to teach science,” Hartgraves said. “The opportunity at DWU to work under the BRIN research grant and combine my experience in industrial/pharmaceutical research with teaching undergraduate students is perfect. I am excited about the possibility to provide those interested in research with the knowledge necessary to perform quality research. 

“My hope is that I can provide insights on research in the private sector that may not be traditionally available in a typical academic setting.”

Hartgraves’s previous work experience was at POET in Sioux Falls as the senior director of research from 2009-2013. At POET, he led a team of research scientests that included microbiologists, chemists, and engineers; he also developed technology for the industrial production of cellulosic ethanol at an annual production of 20 million gallons. He introduced technology for recovering corn oil at 25 corn ethanol facilities across the Midwest and co-chaired the POET-DSM joint development committee.

He has also been vice president of operations at Petmedicus Laboratories, Inc., Sioux Falls; director of process development and clinical supplies at Nastech Pharmaceuticals, Bothell, Wash.; director of chemistry at Emerald Pharmaceuticals LLP, Redmond, Wash.; and research scientist, manager of operations and process development and later director of operations and process development at Sonus Pharmaceuticals, Bothell, Wash.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in organic chemistry from Central College, Pella, Iowa, and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. 

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