Ka Yee Lee, Professor in Chemistry, the James Franck Institute, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics and the College, and the Senior Associate Vice President for Research, has been appointed Vice Provost for Research.
In this role, Lee will work with faculty and deans to enhance and expand research activities at the University, and oversee large-scale research structures, including University Research Administration, University of Chicago Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering (CASE), Office of Research Safety, Research Computing Center and Research Development Support.
Lee, who also serves as Chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee for the expansion of the University’s work in Hong Kong, is an elected member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a fellow of the American Physical Society. She was a Searle Scholar, a David and Lucile Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering and a Sloan Research Fellow. Lee received her Sc.B. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from Harvard University, and did her postdoctoral training at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Lee’s expanded appointment is one of several that replaces and builds upon the responsibilities of Eric D. Isaacs who served as Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories before departing the University earlier this year to become president of the Carnegie Institution for Science.
Juan de Pablo, the Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering at the University and Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, has been appointed as the University’s Vice President for National Laboratories. Bala Srinivasan, currently Vice President for Global Initiatives and Strategy, will continue to directly oversee innovation activities at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation until a new leader is named, after which he will work with Dean Madhav Rajan of the Booth School of Business to oversee the scope of the Polsky Center’s work.