Gregory F. Ball, PhD
Vice President for Research
University of Maryland
Gregory F. Ball, PhD is Vice President of Research for the University of Maryland Research Enterprise, which attracts $1.3 billion in research awards annually.
Prior to this role, he served as dean of UMCP’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences — a large and academically complex college, with more than 5,000 undergraduate students and more than 800 masters and doctoral students across 10 departments and multiple centers.
Dr. Ball maintained an active research lab. His research examines seasonal changes in the brains and behavior of songbirds to understand how hormones and external environmental stimuli affect behavior. A highly accomplished scientist, Dr. Ball has amassed more than 200 research publications and continues to receive research grant support from the National Institutes of Health.
Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Ball was Vice Dean for Science and Research Infrastructure in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). He also served as director of the school’s undergraduate neuroscience program. He was a faculty member in the JHU Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences for 23 years.
Dr. Ball earned a B.A. in psychology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in psychobiology from the Institute of Animal Behavior at Rutgers University. He completed his postdoctoral work in comparative neuroendocrinology and ethology at Rockefeller University. He also has held faculty appointments at Rutgers University and Boston College.