Leadership

The Research leadership team is below. The Office of Science, Innovation, National Laboratories, and Global Initiatives leadership team can be found on the SING website

Karen Kim

Karen Kim

Vice Provost for Research | Professor of Medicine | Associate Director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center | Director of the Center for Asian Health Equity

Karen Kim is a Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Director of the Center for Asian Health Equity. As Vice Provost for Research, Karen Kim works with faculty and deans to support and enhance research funding and manage large-scale research infrastructure such as University Research Administration (URA) and the University of Chicago Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering (CASE), the Office of Research Safety, Research Computing Center, and Research Development Support.

Executive Assistant:
Aurora Parra
Phone: 773.834.9475
Email: aparra@uchicago.edu

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Rachana Ananthakrishnan

Rachana Ananthakrishnan

Executive Director & Head of Products, Globus

In her role at the University, Rachana leads Globus, which delivers research data management services and platform to national and international research institutions. She has a Joint Staff Appointment at Argonne National Laboratory. Rachana also serves on the WestGrid Board of Directors, and is a member of the InCommon Community Assurance and Trust Board.
Her work is focused on research and education field, and she has worked on security and data management solutions on various projects including Earth System Grid (ESG), Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) and Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). Prior to that she worked on the Globus Toolkit engineering team and customer engagement teams, leading the efforts in web services and security technologies. Rachana received her MS in Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Stacy Brown

Stacy Brown

Director of Administration and Operations

Stacy works closely with the Vice Provost for Research and other senior leaders within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research on finance, administration, operations, space planning, human resources, and strategic financial planning.
Joseph Kanabrocki

Joseph Kanabrocki

Associate Vice President for Research Safety | Biological Safety Officer and Select Agent Responsible Official

Joe heads the University’s Office of Research Safety and serves as the Biological Safety Officer and Select Agent Responsible Official for the University. The office is charged with instilling a culture that focuses on the health and well-being of all University personnel engaged in research activities. He provides staff support to the Research Safety Policy Council and lead a Research Safety Leadership Team to assist in the development of standards and policies for review and approval. He also works closely with divisional research safety specialists, the University Environmental Health and Safety Office, the Animal Resources Center and, as appropriate, with Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Department Administrator:
Chantene Zichterman
Phone: 773-834-1228
Email: chantene@uchicago.edu

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Michael Ludwig

Michael Ludwig

Associate Vice President for Research Compliance

Mike is responsible for monitoring upcoming changes to the research regulatory requirements and assuring that the University is addressing those requirements through advocacy and policy and process reviews. He provides support for research compliance concerns, including research misconduct allegations and conflict of interest management and oversight. He also serves as the business lead for the implementation of the grants module as part of the FST Project.

Executive Secretary:
Xiomy Rodriguez-Fahs
Phone: 773-702-2098
Email: xrf@uchicago.edu

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Jennifer A. Ponting

Jennifer A. Ponting

Associate Vice President for Research Administration and Director, University Research Administration

As the AVP for Research Administration, Jennifer oversees a diverse portfolio and provides leadership for research administration services, including award management, research finance, contracting, conflict of interest, and related regulatory and sponsor requirements. She also drives collaborative initiatives to improve research administration business processes and service levels in support of the University’s mission of research and academic excellence.

Jennifer joined the University in September 2019 as Executive Director of Sponsored Programs for URA, where she led the University’s responses to changes in federal sponsor requirements regarding international collaborations and directed the campus-wide implementation of the AURA Agreements system.

Office Administrator:
Xiomy Rodriguez-Fahs

Phone: 773-702-2098
Email: xrf@uchicago.edu

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H. Birali Runesha

H. Birali Runesha

Associate Vice President for Research Computing | Director of the Research Computing Center

As Director of Research Computing for the University of Chicago, Birali provides leadership and vision for advancing all aspects of research computing strategies at the University. He is responsible for the design, configuration, and administration of centrally managed High-Performance Computing (HPC) systems and related services across the University. His team provides advanced technical expertise, user support, advice and training and access to the University’s high performance computing facility to the research community.

Administrative Assistant:
Cynthia R. Keel
Phone: 773-702-3374
Email: cynthia1@uchicago.edu

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Elena Zinchenko

Elena Zinchenko

Assistant Provost for Research

Elena leads the Research Development Support team, which develops large-scale multi-institutional federal proposals across many fields, manages internal competition for federal limited opportunities calls, manages a campus-wide funding portal, and provides seed funding and strategic support for early-stage research projects at the University. In this role, she also runs the Big Ideas Generator, supporting early-stage, risky and ambitious research projects in all disciplines.
She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science at the Booth School of Business.
Elena’s current research interests include novel models for research innovation and developing metrics of value capture beyond the traditional measures. Her previous work focused on the application of advances in neuroscience to business and education, as well as broad theoretical questions of cognition and development. She has conducted brain-imaging and behavioral research and received her doctorate from Harvard University and post-doctoral fellowship from the University of Chicago.