- Dean, College of Sustainable Living
- Dr. John Fagan has taught at the Maharishi University of Management for thirty-two years
Dr. John Fagan is the Dean of the College of Sustainable Living at MUM. He is a leading authority on sustainability in the food and agricultural system, on biosafety, and on food safety and authenticity. He is a successful entrepreneur in the field of biotechnology, having founded, built and sold Global ID Group, a pioneering company developing innovative molecular biological tools to verify and advance food purity, safety and sustainability. His expertise is sought around the world by industry and government leaders, scientists, and the public, to whom he has presented hundreds of lectures and provided advisory services during the last decades.
Today, Dr. Fagan serves as Executive Director of the Earth Open Source Institute (www.earthopensource.org), a non-profit engaging people, communities, industry, and governments to restore the open source roots of the food system—collaboration, transparency, and shared knowledge and resources—to help feed humanity, increase equity, support self-reliance and foster healthy ecosystems. There he directs research and manages agricultural development projects on four continents. Dr. Fagan is also professor of molecular biology at Maharishi University of Management (www.mum.edu), where he leads a research program using transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic approaches to understand the effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM) on gene expression. Based on his personal experience of life-long meditation practice, he contributes his time as a senior international leader within the TM organization (www.tm.org).
Earlier Dr. Fagan’s biomedical research examined molecular mechanisms in carcinogenesis cellular and gene-regulatory impacts of environmental toxicants (eg dioxins and PCBs). His research has been published in leading scientific journals and supported by millions of dollars in grant awards, including the prestigious National Institutes of Health Research Career Development Award. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University.