Program Innovation

How it Works

Our Program Innovation Team works across the University and with external partners world-wide to act on international funding opportunities that build capacity, support student and faculty mobility and promote world-class research and world-changing innovations. Bringing together research experts across the globe, we facilitate partnerships and target thematically focused funding opportunities. 

Randy Burd, Assistant Vice President, Global Initiatives

Research & Skills

  • Nutrigenomics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Food and Nutritional Disorders
  • Nutrition and Cancer
  • Experimental Pharmacology and Therapeutics 
  • Bioactive Food Compounds & Pharmaceuticals Clinical & Experimental Therapeutics
  • Cancer Stem Cells
  • Technology & Distance Education
  • Facilitate Interdisciplinary, International Partnerships, Research & Funding 

My role in Program Innovation is to lead the expansion of new programs and initiatives in order to increase the UA’s presence globally. I also hold an Associate Professor appointment at the UA’s Department of Nutritional Sciences.


  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Cancer Biology - National Cancer Institute, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biophysics - Roswell Park Cancer Institute, University College at Buffalo
  • B.A., Biological Sciences - University College at Buffalo