Research- Biosafety Committee

Meet the VPR

Mark G. Kortepeter, MD, MPH

kortepeter bioMark G. Kortepeter, MD, MPH [Colonel, Medical Corps, U.S. Army (retired)], is a physician, scientist, soldier, and author. Dr. Kortepeter’s career has spanned the hospital, research lab, the lecture hall, the battlefield, and the corner office. He is the Vice President for Research at the Uniformed Services University (USU). Prior to that, he was a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Director of the Special Pathogens Research Network.

During a 27-year Army career, Dr. Kortepeter held numerous senior positions in biodefense and research, including Deputy Commander of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program at USU, Biodefense Consultant for the Army Surgeon General, and co-chair of NATO’s Biomedical Advisory Panel. He has worked with multiple organizations, including the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the CDC, and the National Academy of Medicine. 

Dr. Kortepeter has done some recent field work as the lead for Infection Prevention and Control against Ebola virus for the World Health Organization in Burundi and as a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization helping hospitals prepare for COVID-19 in the Caribbean. 

He has published over 80 journal articles and book chapters, and a medical thriller memoir of his experience managing infectious disease crises titled “Inside the Hot Zone: a Soldier on the Front Lines of Biological Warfare.” He also contributes to Forbes’ COVID-19 Frontlines Series.  


Toya V. Randolph, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Vice President of Research Administration  

Toya V. Randolph, PhD, MSPHDr. Toya V. Randolph was appointed to serve as the Acting Vice President for Research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), a part of the Department of Defense.  As Acting Vice President for Research at USU, she oversees a robust clinical, basic, and population health science research portfolio important to both the military and public health, including infectious diseases, trauma and critical care medicine, health maintenance, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and cancer. In this position, she also oversees new efforts in state-of-the art fields that cut across disciplines, such as genomics, proteomics, and drug-delivery mechanisms.

Dr. Randolph’s permanent position at USU is the Assistant Vice President for Research Administration.  She leads a team that is responsible for pre-award approval and post-award management of all sponsored research and educational activities for USU.  In FY20, this totaled over $322M in extramural funds, and $3M in intramural funds.  

Prior to joining USU, Dr. Randolph served as the Program Official for the Common Fund Diversity Initiative, Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity at the NIH, and she held many leadership positions in the UAB School of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine, including the Associate Director of the Division of Research.  

From 2000-2002, Dr. Randolph served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at CDC. She was one of the few PhDs selected to serve in this program which is predominantly assigned to physicians for conducting outbreak investigations, applied epidemiology and surveillance activities. As an EIS Officer, she worked at the CDC National Center for HIV, STD, & TB Prevention, Division of HIV Prevention, Surveillance Branch. In addition to working on HIV/AIDS epidemiology and surveillance at CDC in Atlanta, she conducted field investigation in Micronesia to investigate the first local case of HIV. Because of her participation in simulated bioterrorism exercise in Kentucky, she was a member of the first CDC response team that was deployed to assist the New York City Health Department with the syndromic surveillance activities in the local emergency rooms after Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Centers.  

Dr. Randolph earned her PhD in Public Health Promotion, Education, and Evaluation from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2000; her Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Health Services Administration from Meharry Medical College in 1995; and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Natural Sciences from Howard University in 1992.  Dr. Randolph graduated from the Senior Managers in Government Program of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She is also the recipient of the USU Meritorious Service Award.

Laura Brosch, RN, PhD

Assistant Vice President for Research & Compliance (RIC)

Laura Brosch, RN, PhDDr.  Brosch is the Assistant Vice President for Research Initiatives and Compliance (RIC) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. The Office of VP RIC develops and monitors programs and initiatives to enhance translational research and improve collaborations, provides technical expertise on research regulatory compliance and safety programs and oversees and promotes existing and new designated research initiatives in support of the VPR or USUHS missions. The Office of the VP RIC is comprised of the USU Human Research Protection Program, the Institutional Biosafety Program, Human Anatomic Material Research Program, and the Animal Care and Use compliance oversight program.  This office develops translational, collaborative research programs and provides regulatory oversight of existing and/or new research initiatives. Prior joining USU, Dr. Brosch served for over 16 years as the Director, Office of Research Protections, at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick, Maryland.  Her office provided human subjects protection and animal welfare regulatory oversight for research conducted by numerous Army and DoD organizations as well as for extramural research conducted in 67 countries and over 1600 institutions.  Dr. Brosch chaired the USAMRMC, Human Subjects Research Review Board for six years and served as a member of a DOD Institutional Review Board (IRB) for over 12 years. 

Dr. Brosch is a health services researcher who retired as a Colonel in the Army Nurse Corps with 26 years of service.  She served for four years as the Nursing Research Consultant to the US Army Surgeon General.  Her faculty appointments have included the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Dr.  Brosch received her BSN from DePaul University, her MSN from the University of Illinois at the Medical Center, Chicago and her PhD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. She is a recipient of the Anita Newcomb McGee Award for Distinguished Service to the Nation as an Army Nurse Corps Officer, the USAMRMC Combat Casualty Care Research Program Award for Excellence for her leadership in establishing the first Human Research Protection Program and IRB approval process for human research conducted in a Combatant Command and the 2015 Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award for Outstanding Contributions to Improving Medical Processes and Patient Outcomes in Military Medicine.  Dr. Brosch is also the recipient of the Legion of Merit and multiple military and civilian awards during her active duty military and federal civilian career.

Bruce Doll, PhD, DDS, MBA

Assistant Vice President for Technological Research & Innovation

Bruce Doll, PhD, DDS, MBADr. Bruce Doll is the Assistant Vice President for Technological Research and Innovation, Office of Research at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland.  He has oversight of the development and integration of database and biobanking management within the research portfolio, Biomedical Instrumentation Center, Division of Laboratory Animal Research Transforming Technology for the Warfighter program and the advancement of novel technologies focused upon military medical requirements.  His additional duties include: Science Director (Armed Forces Radiobiological Research Institute), USU Institutional Official, Deputy Director (Center for Precision Medicine in Military Medical Research and Education), Federal Service Board (4D Bio3) and liaison to the Geneva Foundation Board. His formal education includes a DDS from SUNY Buffalo, Periodontics specialty certificate from Navy Postgraduate Dental School, PhD from Penn State, and MBA from the Navy Postgraduate School. He has qualified as a LSS Black Belt and Surface Warfare Officer.

During 34 years of service with the US Navy, he served in research/medical/dental leadership positions supporting NATO, US Navy and US Marine Corps, INCONUS and OCONUS. Several times deployed, RADM (ret) Doll completed his service as both the first Director of Research, Development and Acquisition Directorate for the DHA in Falls Church, VA and the Deputy Commander, US Army Medical Research and Material Command, Fort Detrick, Maryland overseeing execution of the $1.4B Defense Health Program funded medical research.  He has held academic appointments with Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Oregon Health Sciences University, University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers University prior to coming to USU.  He served as the COO for the Rutgers – Cleveland Clinic Consortium for the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine. He has served on several scientific boards, published in the area of bone biology, patents for bone regeneration and is a former grantee of the DOD Defense Health Program, NIH, Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering and NIST.