R. W. Trewyn, Ph.D.
NBAF Liaison, Office of the President
Kansas State University
Ron Trewyn was named Kansas State University’s full-time liaison to the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) August 03, 2014. Prior to that he served as K-State’s vice president for research where he led the university’s multi-year efforts to bring the $1.25 billion federal research and development laboratory to Kansas. As the NBAF liaison, Trewyn works with the university president and others inside and outside the institution to facilitate and leverage NBAF-related opportunities for the university, the city and the state.
Trewyn earned a doctorate in microbial physiology from Oregon State University in 1974, with minors in biochemistry and genetics. That was after graduating from an Illinois business school in accounting, serving as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army infantry in Vietnam, and receiving a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Following graduate school, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center studying the molecular biology of cancer.
From 1978–94, Trewyn was a faculty member in the medical school at Ohio State University where he attained the rank of professor of medical biochemistry and directed the institution’s largest interdisciplinary graduate program. He was also a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Comprehensive Cancer Center at Ohio State, where his research focused on epigenetic changes in human cells that can accelerate cancer development while providing early diagnostic markers and novel targets for cancer treatment.
Trewyn assumed the positions of associate vice provost for research and professor of biology at Kansas State University in 1994. He served as president of the KSU Research Foundation from 1995 to 2011, vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School from 1998 to 2007, and vice president for research from 2007 to 2014.