Jim O. Vigoreaux was named Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs effective September 1, 2015. Dr. Vigoreaux earned a BS in Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras) and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma. He joined the Biology Department at UVM in 1991 after completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Cell Biology and Genetics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2005 he was appointed Chair of Biology, a position he held until 2015, and in 2012 he was named the Breazzano Family Green & Gold Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences. He holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics.
Dr. Vigoreaux is a muscle biologist who has published extensively on the genetics, development, and function of muscle, often taking a multidisciplinary approach and forging international collaborations. His lab at UVM has provided research training to over one hundred fifty students and post-doctoral fellows, including Honors students, McNair Scholars, AGEP Scholars, Beckman Scholars, Masters, and Doctoral students. For more information about his research visit his faculty web page on the College of Arts and Sciences website, and here is his complete bibliography.
Dr. Vigoreaux has served UVM in many different leadership capacities including Director of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (2003-2013), Director of the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (2010-2013), Director of the Beckman Scholars Program (2014-2017), and Associate Director and Senior Advisor for the Vermont Biomedical Research Network (2013-2020). Dr. Vigoreaux serves on the Editorial Board of several journals, including Nature Scientific Reports, Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility, and Biology.
In 2015, Dr. Vigoreaux was elected to membership in the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering and in 2020 was elected Fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology.