Leadership

Juan de Pablo

Juan de Pablo

Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago | Executive Vice President for Science, Innovation, National Laboratories, and Global Initiatives | Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory

As the Executive Vice President for Science, Innovation, National Laboratories, and Global Initiatives, Juan de Pablo helps drive and support the expanding reach of the University’s science, technology, and innovation efforts, along with their connection to policy and industry. He identifies and shapes emerging strategic scientific and technological initiatives, and provides oversight of entrepreneurship and innovation activities at the University’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He also works with faculty, deans, and administrators to build global academic partnerships and international research collaborations while overseeing the University’s international centers.

Juan de Pablo provides leadership for the University’s stewardship of two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories — Argonne and Fermilab — as institutions to advance science and technology in support of the nation’s interest. He collaborates with other leaders in research and innovation to build programs and links between and among the national laboratories and the University, as well as the Marine Biological Laboratory. Working closely with President Paul Alivisatos, he plays an essential role in the University’s partnership with the Department of Energy.

Executive Assistant:
Cynthia Sullivan
Phone: 773-702-9476
Email: sullcind@uchicago.edu

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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:
Amber Leslie
Phone: 773-834-9475
Email: aleslie2@uchicago.edu

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Heather Crews

Heather Crews

Chief of Staff for Science Strategy, Innovation, and Global Initiatives

Reporting to Vice President Juan de Pablo, Heather is responsible for coordinating and managing the daily functions of the Vice President, working in close collaboration with the leadership teams for National Laboratories, Science Strategy, Innovation, and Global Initiatives as well as other key internal and external stakeholders. She also oversees special projects as assigned by the Vice President.

Heather has extensive experience working in higher education administration, providing support and guidance to faculty, students, and staff. Prior to assuming the Chief of Staff role in January 2021, Heather served as Executive Assistant and Administrative Coordinator for Faculty Affairs in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME). While with the PME, Heather managed time, finances, and resources for large research groups. Heather also served as the primary point of contact for all faculty affairs matters, including faculty recruitment, faculty hiring and on-boarding, tenure and promotion, and faculty funding and award opportunities. Before joining the University of Chicago, she served in administrative roles with Loyola University Chicago, Indiana University, and Portage Township Schools in Indiana. Heather earned a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and completed the Elementary Certification Graduate Program at Indiana University. She also completed coursework in the Higher Education Graduate Program at Loyola University Chicago.

Fabiola Delgado

Fabiola Delgado

Assistant Vice President for Finance and Chief of Staff for National Laboratories

Fabiola (Fabi) provides leadership for finance, budget, accounting and internal financial controls for the operations under the office of the Vice President for National Laboratories, Science Strategy, Innovation and Global Initiatives. Building strong collaborative relationships with the finance and leadership teams deployed in these offices, she provides guidance, advice, coordination, and resources to aid the units in the development and management of their respective strategic plans, audit engagements and financial planning and reporting.

Fabi continues to serve as Chief of Staff for National Laboratories, serving as a key advisor on the design, coordination and execution of strategic initiatives and operational plans related to the Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories; building strong partnerships with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Laboratories leadership team.

Executive Assistant:
Rose Jones Boyd
Phone: 773-834-0953
Email: rjones2819@uchicago.edu

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Laurence Hill

Laurence Hill

Senior Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

As Senior Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Larry is responsible for office-wide strategic planning and execution of strategic initiatives by increasing coordination and integration across all functional areas that fall within the Office’s oversight.  Larry also plays a key role in developing a communications strategy and capacity to enhance the Office’s overall ability to serve as a strong and effective voice for the University’s research enterprise.

Executive Assistant:
Rose Jones Boyd
Phone: 773-834-0953
Email: rjones2819@uchicago.edu

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Meghan Meyer

Meghan Meyer

Associate Director of Communications, Research and National Laboratories

Meghan Meyer directs communications for the Office of Research and National Laboratories, developing and executing strategies that build and sustain the University’s reputation for leadership in scientific research and impact, and working with the national laboratories to ensure integrated messaging. Meghan came to UChicago in December 2020 from the University of Florida, where she directed communications for the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute and, prior to that, managed marketing for the UF Office of Technology Licensing and its startup ecosystem. She began her career as a journalist with the Palm Beach Post. Meghan has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and international studies from Northwestern University.

Tracey Quinn

Tracey Quinn

Associate Vice President for National Laboratories

As Associate Vice President for National Laboratories Tracey serves as Secretary to the UChicago Argonne, LLC Board of Governors and the Fermi Research Alliance, LLC Board of Directors and has executive management responsibility for all Board support and programmatic and operational review functions for both Boards.

Office Administrator:
Elena Rolon
Phone: 630-252-8101
Email: erolon@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.