Vice President & Dean of Undergraduate Education
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
F21 Class of 1999
Daniel A. Wubah, earned his B.Sc. with honors and Dip.Ed. from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. After graduate studies at the University of Akron, OH and the University of Georgia, GA, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency research lab in Athens, GA.
He served as the Special Assistant to the President and Professor of Biology at James Madison University from 2003 to 2007. Prior to that, he was the Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at JMU. From 1992 through 2000, he went through the faculty ranks to become the chair of the Department of Biology.
Daniel is a microbiologist who studied the obligately anaerobic zoosporic fungi, dehalogenation of polychlorinated biphenyls and fiber degradation in the wood-eating catfish, Panaque. He has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses including general microbiology, medical microbiology, microbial ecology and mycology. He has published more than fifty peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings and technical reports. He designed and established the Centennial Scholars Program at JMU to provide access to students from under-represented groups in Virginia. For the past five years, he has directed a summer research program in Ghana that focuses on ecology, conservation and environmental biology.
He has received several research and training grants from federal agencies and private sources. Daniel has served as a consultant for several agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Research Council and Quality Education for Minorities Network.
He currently serves on the governing board of the National Aquarium in Washington DC, and advisory boards for the NSF Biology Directorate, the NSF Office of International Science and Engineering and the Howard Hughes Medical Institutes Program at the University of Arizona. He is also a member on committees for the American Society of Microbiology and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Honor Society. He has testified before the US Congress on the scientific workforce of the future.