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Joanna Groden, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor for Research



310 AOB, MC 672

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Dr. Joanna Groden currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois Chicago where she has highlighted cross campus collaborations and transdisciplinary research initiatives. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is organized around recently restructured Offices of Research Integrity, Research Data Initiatives and Information, Research Development, Clinical and Human Subjects Research Compliance, and Sponsored Programs, as well as a highly specialized staff of research administrators. Continued investments in process management and IT infrastructure, reorganized shared services, facility renovations and newly purchased instrumentation have accompanied increases in submitted proposals, contracts, awards and research expenditures. UIC Research Award Dollars have increased more than 47% between FY18 and FY23 to exceed $500M.

Dr. Groden is a human geneticist and cancer biologist, internationally recognized for her research in determining key genetic causes of colon cancer and other inherited cancers through the identification of human disease genes and their functional characteristics. She was continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 30 years and previously appointed as an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Groden serves and has served on numerous boards and advisory panels including the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Counselors, and actively participates in the peer review process for AACR, NIH and many other national and international funding agencies and scientific journals. With numerous publications and patents, Dr. Groden was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association. She is a graduate of Middlebury College and Cornell University.