Dan Dorsa, Ph.D.


Daniel Dorsa, Ph.D., received his degree in Edocrinology and Physiology at the University of California, Davis. He completed his postdoctoral training at the Rudolf Magnus Institute for Pharmacology in the Netherlands and in Reproductive Biology at Stanford University. Dr. Dorsa’ s research has focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that underlie the effects of steroid hormones in the brain and nervous system. Of particular interest have been neuroprotective and behavioral actions of estrogens and related agents.

After an extensive academic and administrative career at University of Washington, Dr. Dorsa joined OHSU in 2001 as Vice President for Research. In this role, he administers and coordinates academic research and ensures compliance at OHSU’s three schools and several free-standing research institutes and centers.  He works closely with the leaders of those entities to set the agenda for building OHSU’s research capacity. His office also manages core facilities associated with the university shared resources program. As vice president for research, Dr. Dorsa oversees several NIH-funded research entities including the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute and the Oregon National Primate Research Center. In addition, he serves as president of a newly funded partnership between OHSU and the State of Florida involving OHSU’s Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute.

In these roles, Dr. Dorsa also serves as the key interface between investigators and OHSU’s Executive Leadership Team and represents the interests of the research community at the highest level.