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Fruma Yehiely

Fruma Yehiely is the Associate Vice President for Research, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and holds a joint appointment with Argonne National Laboratory.

As an associate vice president for research, Dr. Yehiely oversees the development and implementation of strategic initiatives internal to the Office for Research and institution-wide. These include expansion of domains of excellence, facilitating new national and international partnerships, developing assessment tools and promoting a culture of interdisciplinary research across Northwestern.

Dr. Yehiely oversees the Offices of University Research Institutes and Centers Administration, and Operation, Strategy and Development, the Office of Research Development, and Northwestern Scholars, the searchable database of research expertise across all disciplines at Northwestern University. 

Dr. Yehiely received her PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and her completed he post-doctoral training at the University of California San Francisco, under the mentorship of Dr. Stanley Prusiner, Nobel Laureate.

For more than 12 years, she performed research and administrative roles at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at Northwestern University. Dr. Yehiely managed breast cancer research, multimillion dollar industry and federal sponsored grants and contracts, coordinated international studies, and consulted to biotech on proprietary mammalian gene discovery. She is an inventor on two patents related to anticancer drug targets. Dr. Yehiely was the founding Director for Research Administration in the Division of Fertility Preservation and managed the administration of the Oncofertility consortium. In 2010 she became the Director of Research Development in the Office for Research, where she worked with faculty and senior leadership to catalyze new interdisciplinary programs across Northwestern including the establishment of NU interdisciplinary seed funding 1-2-3.

Dr. Yehiely is a co-leader in the Kellogg Executive Education course “Leadership and Management in Core Facilities” and co-directed the course of “Team Science” in the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation Program.


Fruma Yehiely, PhD
Associate Vice President for Research
Northwestern University