James A. Guikema

Associate vice president for research
Associate dean of the graduate school
Professor of biology

James A. GuikemaUnderstanding how plant life can survive and even thrive at zero gravity has been a major research interest for James A. Guikema, professor of biology at Kansas State University, during the past decade.

Guikema, associate vice president for research and associate dean of the Graduate School, also has served as associate director of the NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training in Gravitational Biology, associate director of operations for the Division of Biology, and senior scientist for BioServe Space Technologies. This has allowed him the opportunity to conduct many experiments on biology at microgravity.

Guikema received his bachelor's degree in biology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and his doctorate in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan. He conducted postdoctorate work at the University of Missouri at Columbia as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral research fellow. He has been with K-State since 1981.

His current roles with the office of research and sponsored programs and the Graduate School allow Guikema the opportunity to facilitate faculty scholarship universitywide.

Guikema can be contacted at 785-532-7927, 785-539-0968 or guikema@k-state.edu.

Pronouncer: Guikema is GUY-kuh muh.