Jim Mahaney, PH.D
ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR BIOMEDICAL AFFAIRS AND RESEARCH AT THE EDWARD VIA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE — VIRGINIA CAMPUS, CHAIR OF THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
From 1994-2003, Dr. Mahaney established his independent research program at West Virginia State University. This program was designed to elucidate the molecular mechanism of calcium transport regulation in the heart, focusing on age based and disease-based changes in calcium transport and its regulation. He combined the biophysical techniques of fluorescence spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy with pre-steady state and steady state enzyme kinetics methods. The goal was to correlate specific enzyme dynamic transitions with key steps in calcium transport processes related to cardiac muscle relaxation. After moving his research to Blacksburg in 2003, Dr. Mahaney also set out to create opportunities for increased medical student involvement in research.
Dr. Mahaney is an active member of the Biophysical Society and serves on the Cell Transport and Metabolism grant review group for the National American Heart Association. He also serves as a reviewer for the American Osteopathic Association Research Division. In 2004, he received the VCOM Biomedical Educator Award – Peer Choice, and the VCOM Biomedical Educator Award – Student Choice. In 2009 and again in 2014, Dr. Mahaney received the VCOM Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching from the medical students. In 2012, Dr. Mahaney received the VCOM Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Post-Baccalaureate class.