Doug Gage

Doug  Gage
  • Vice President, Research and Innovation
  • Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • MSU Bioeconomy Network



Dr. Doug Gage supports cross-campus, interdisciplinary research initiatives and manages the Internal Grant program in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation. He is currently the primary coordinator for the MSU Global Impact Initiative, a campus-wide effort to hire more than 100 new faculties in disciplines including STEM and biomedical research. Doug also represents the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation on the oversight committees for other major research initiatives, including the Institute for Quantitative Health Sciences and Engineering (IQ), the Institute for Integrative Toxicology, the Drug Discovery Initiative and the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Hub.

Previously, Dr. Gage was an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His research focused on metabolic engineering of plant biochemical pathways. In 2002, he left MSU to take a position at Pfizer Global Research and Development in Ann Arbor, where he was a Senior Director leading the Discovery and Early Clinical Development biomarker effort. He returned to an administrative role at MSU in the fall of 2007. Gage earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biology from Florida State University and his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas, Austin. He completed his post-doctoral training at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory and at the MSU NIH Mass Spectrometry Research Resource.


  • Metabolic engineering of plant biochemical pathways related to water stress adaptation