Derrick Dow

University of Pennsylvania

Derrick A. Dow, Sr. is the Director of Facilities, Planning & Space Allocation for the University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR) at the University of Pennsylvania.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Derrick attended Walter Biddle Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences where his interest in the lab animal field was generated. With over 40 years of lab animal experience entailing numerous positions at multiple institutions, Derrick began his career as an animal care technician at the pharmaceutical company, Wyeth-Ayerst. He served in that role at Wyeth and Novartis for 13 years until transitioning to the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in 1997. As a supervisor at Penn’s Institute for Human Gene Therapy (IHGT) he was quickly promoted to manager of Husbandry and Facilities. It was at IHGT where he began to hone his managerial and leadership skills while achieving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 2004, Derrick was promoted to Associate Director of Husbandry and Facilities for ULAR at the University of Pennsylvania where he took over a program with 7 facilities and 70 employees. Under his leadership he was able to grow the program to over 140 staff and 12 vivaria encompassing over 300,000 sq ft of vivarial space.   

Derrick has served as a member of many University wide committees including the Division of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness, Mission Continuity Sterring Committee and University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Dedicated to a life of community services, he continues to serve his church and community, previously chairing as Deacon Chair/Servant Leader of the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, President of the Enon Coulter Community Development Corporation and President of the Building Blocks Childcare Center. In 2020 Derrick was initiated into the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Incorporated and currently serves as the President of the Philadelphia Achievement Academy- a youth mentoring program serving young boys in the Philadelphia area.

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