John Capone, PhD

Vice-President (Research), Western University

Dr. John Capone is currently Vice President (Research) at Western University, where he oversees the research enterprise and mission at one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, providing leadership for Research Development & Services, Human Research Ethics, Animal Care & Veterinary Services, Technology Transfer, International Research Partnerships, Western Research Parks and WORLDiscoveries.

Capone earned his undergraduate degree at Western in 1978 and a PhD in Biochemistry at McMaster University in 1983. He was a Medical Research Council of Canada Fellow and MRC Centennial Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1983-86, prior to returning to McMaster as an Assistant Professor and Senior Scientist of the National Cancer Institute of Canada in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. During his time at McMaster he held progressively senior administrative positions, including Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Science, Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and two terms as Dean of the Faculty of Science, prior to coming to Western University.

Capone’s primary research interests focus on molecular studies of gene control and protein function in metabolic regulation and hormone action as related to viral infections and such diseases as cancer. He has published extensively in top peer-reviewed journals and has contributed to an array of national and international research organizations through scholarly and professional activities and in working with public and private sector organizations.