Larry Bowers joined the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in September 2000 as the Senior Managing Director of Technical and Information Resources. As USADA’s Chief Science Officer, he is responsible for leading the research efforts into prohibited substances, including detection, and oversees USADA’s drug testing program and the development of resources for technical and educational anti-doping information for Olympic and elite athletes in the United States. He retired from USADA in November 2016. The LD Bowers Award for Excellence in Anti-Doping Science was created in his honor. He was a key contributor to the formation of the Partnership for Clean Competition and chaired the Scientific Advisory Board from its inception until 2019.
Bowers serves as a consultant with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Medical Devices Advisory Committee and was deputy director of the Athletic Drug Testing Laboratory for the 1996 Olympic Games. He has published more than 100 papers on drug testing and chemistry and is frequently invited to present at conferences and scientific meetings.
Prior to his appointment with USADA, Bowers spent eight years as the Director of the IOC-accredited Athletic Drug Testing and Toxicology Laboratory at Indiana University. He was also a professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine as well as an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Purdue University School of Science. Previously, he was a professor at the University of Minnesota. Bowers served as a consultant with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Medical Devices Advisory Committee and was deputy director of the drug testing laboratory for the 1996 Olympic Games. He has published more than 100 papers on drug testing and chemistry. He has received a number of awards for his work, including the Endocrine Society Outstanding Public Service Award.
Bowers earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College (1972) and received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Georgia (1975).