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About the Associate Vice President

Dr. A.Z. Mason

   Dr. A.Z. Mason

Dr. A.Z. Mason
Interim Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs

Dr. Andrew “Zed” Mason was appointed Interim Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs in August 2012.

He has an extensive research and administrative background, having served as the associate dean for research and external support in CSULB’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and as founding director of the university’s Institute for Integrated Research in Materials, Environments and Society.

Dr. Mason’s research specializes in the areas of aquatic toxicology, cell biology, atomic spectroscopy and analytical electron microscopy. He came to CSULB as a research associate professor in 1985 with the Molecular Ecology Institute and in 1989 joined the tenure-track faculty in Biological Sciences.

While at CSULB he has published more than 45 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as three book chapters, and has secured approximately $5 million in external funding to support university research, infrastructure and curriculum development. During his tenure, he has also provided research opportunities for more than 115 students in his laboratory and served as a thesis advisor or thesis committee member for more than 25 graduate students.

Prior to joining CSULB, Dr. Mason was an assistant professor at the University of London in the School of Biomedical Engineering. He earned his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Wales.

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