Dr. DePass served on a similar committee within the NRC that examined the status of Minority Women in Academia.
Dr. DePass is the lead author on assessment for the recently published Vision and Change in Undergraduate Education- A Call to Action. This work was supported by HHMI, NSF, NIH and AAAS, and represents the culmination of a multi year project involving over 200 faculty administrators and stakeholders nationwide, and addresses the needed improvement of biology education to address 21st century challenges. He is an external evaluator on several funded training programs, and through service on review panels for the NIH, NSF, USDA and other non-federal organizations, he has reviewed numerous grants and served and chaired several site visit teams.
Dr. DePass earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Molecular and Cell Biology as well as Chemistry from the University of Connecticut- Storrs. His Masters and PhD degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology were earned at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. DePass currently has an active research laboratory at Long Island University–Brooklyn where he is a member of the faculty in the department of Biology. The focus of his research is on cell differentiation as a therapeutic target for cancer. Several undergraduate and masters students who were trained in Dr. DePass’ laboratory have gone on to pursue doctoral study and biomedical related careers in industry and academia.