Wayne State University Professor – School of Medicine, Department of Physiology and Associate of the Department of Immunology and Microbiology and the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Ram has diverse research interests relating to biodiversity, reproduction, invasive species, and human and environmental microbiomes. He is the Director of the Belle Isle Aquarium field station, a Wayne State University field laboratory and research facility in Belle Isle, Detroit where he studies diverse aquatic organisms both as model systems for physiological research and as a way to understand and protect Great Lakes habitats and ecology. This research is connected technically and conceptually to developing methods of detecting and reducing the number of organisms in the ballast systems of ships. His invertebrate research has been recognized internationally by several international research grants, and he is the immediate past-president of the International Society for Invertebrate Reproduction and Development. In addition, Dr. Ram heads a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to promote science and science careers among minority students in the Detroit public schools. His consulting firm, Jeffrey L. Ram Consulting, LLC, works on projects in the private sector and with nonprofit entities.