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Office of the Vice President for Research


The Office for Research is the steward of the University’s research enterprise. Our team provides a portfolio of services and resources to our world-class investigators to help advance their transformative work. 

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Milan Mrksich

Milan Mrksich, Vice President of Research

Milan Mrksich is a scientist, entrepreneur, and administrator who was named Northwestern’s Vice President for Research on October 1, 2019, and assumed the permanent role on May 14, 2020.  A nationally known multidisciplinary investigator, Mrksich is the Henry Wade Rogers Professor with appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Cell and Developmental Biology.

He also was Founding Director of Northwestern’s Center for Synthetic Biology and an Associate Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, where his focus included strengthening state-of-the-art instrumentation and techniques.  As VPR, he:

  • Directs a research infrastructure with  $925 million in annual sponsored funding.
  • Leads the development and implementation of University-wide strategic plans that support high-impact research efforts.
  • Oversees a portfolio of research services and resources delivered by 18 administrative units, including those focused on:
    • compliance
    • laboratory safety
    • research space and core facilities
    • animal care
    • innovation and technology transfer
    • University Research Institutes and Centers
    • research IT
    • analytics
    • DEI

Milan Mrksich
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