LASR Board | Charles Buck

Director of the University of Idaho Research Park
Charles Buck is the director of the University of Idaho Research Park and has responsibility for LASR projects. He is a biomedical research scientist with extensive experience in multiple fields, including cell and molecular biology, neuroscience and cancer research.

Buck’s research efforts prominently included technology development and adoption in both the academic setting as a principal investigator and faculty member, and in the private sector as Chief Scientific Officer for a biomedical start-up company. His interests and experience span beyond biomedical research into the areas of nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, biofuels, entrepreneurship and technology transfer.

He has extensive experience establishing research and cooperation agreements both with public and private entities. He has managed research and development projects in diverse fields including technology and robotics development, information technology, and biomedical and biofuels research.

He came to the University of Idaho from Bindley Bioscience Center at Purdue University, where he served as director of operations. His work and the work of the center focused on the application of engineering principles to complex biological problems. There he successfully developed partnerships, generated capital funding, managed all research activity and developed the patent portfolio of the company.

Buck also serves as associate vice president and center executive officer for the University of Idaho in Coeur d’Alene.

He holds a Ph.D. in molecular neurobiology from Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences and has held faculty positions at Emory University School of Medicine, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Utah School of Medicine.