Maria Price Rapoza, PhD

Assistant Professor in Medicine
Campus mail 330 Sands Building, Research Drive, Durham, NC 27705
Phone (919) 681-9651
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I've recently joined Duke as the new Executive Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC)  Previously, I was the Vice-President of Science and Technology  the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.  My PhD is in Biochemistry from Duke and my postdoc was at the Durham VA.  At the NC Biotechnology Center I led programs designed to strengthen research in the North Carolina.  These included launching new research grant programs, increasing the number of life science discussion groups, and growing the funding for the research grant programs across the state.  I also worked on a number of strategic initiatives, including a project to grow life science funding received by NC scientists from various defense agencies.  I have experience in working with various media outlets and platforms centered around enhancing the mission of the NC Biotech Center.  I've also served on various advisory groups and boards including the Triangle Global Health Consortium, REACH NC and the NC Association for Biomedical Research.  I look forward to participating in developing and implementing strategic programs for the CVRC, in addition to having a role in the broader research mission of Duke Department of Medicine.

Specialties: strategic leadership in the life sciences

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University, 1994


Rapoza, MP, and Webster, RE. "The products of gene I and the overlapping in-frame gene XI are required for filamentous phage assembly." Journal of molecular biology 248, no. 3 (May 1995): 627-638.

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Rapoza, MP, and Webster, RE. "The filamentous bacteriophage assembly proteins require the bacterial SecA protein for correct localization to the membrane." Journal of bacteriology 175, no. 6 (March 1993): 1856-1859.

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Guy-Caffey, JK, Rapoza, MP, Jolley, KA, and Webster, RE. "Membrane localization and topology of a viral assembly protein." Journal of bacteriology 174, no. 8 (April 1992): 2460-2465.

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