Dr. Paul’s research career began at the University of Minnesota as a research associate in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. He moved to Ames, Iowa, and served as the veterinary medical officer at the USDA National Animal Disease Center for seven years. In 1987, Dr. Paul joined the faculty of Iowa State University as a member of the Veterinary Medical Research Institute. During his time at ISU he served as director of graduate education (1991-1992), professor-in-charge (1992-1993) and associate director (1993-1999) of the Veterinary Medical Research Institute; assistant director of the Iowa Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station (1996-2000); associate dean for research and graduate studies for the College of Veterinary Medicine (1993-1999); and associate vice provost for research (2000-2001). In 2001, Dr. Paul accepted the position of dean of graduate studies and vice chancellor of research at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska. His title changed in 2008 to vice chancellor for research and economic development to reflect new responsibilities.
Dr. Paul’s scientific expertise is in animal virology. He began his career working with poultry viruses such as HVT, Marek’s disease virus and reticuloendotheliosis virus. He has made significant contributions to animal health through research on viral pathogenesis of respiratory and reproductive diseases, leading to improved vaccines and diagnostic tests.
Dr. Paul has been extremely proactive in advancing student exposure to research. He was instrumental in developing the Merial Veterinary Scholars Program, a national program that funds student research at veterinary schools and hosts a national symposium where students present their findings.
His impact on animal health/disease research can be measured in part by the accomplishments of his former students, which include a number of nationally and internationally renowned scientists at educational institutions and with government agencies in the United States and abroad.
He is a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventers and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served on review panels for NIH, the USDA and the NSF and was a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s xenotransplantation advisory subcommittee. He is past chair of the EPSCoR Coalition Board and the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education. He was a member of the National Academies Committee on Policy Implications of International Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars in the United States, and past president of the Council of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases.
He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, American Society for Virology, Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
He has authored more than 100 papers in refereed publications, has edited two books, 11 book chapters and holds more than 20 U.S. and international patents.
Dr. Paul and his wife Melissa (Missy) have two children, Neena who resides in New York City and Ryan who lives in Chicago. The Pauls have one granddaughter.