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Updates from the VP for research and innovation (4/9/20)

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As a premier urban public research university, VCU is committed to innovative and transformative learning, exceptional patient care, demonstrable community engagement and influential research. We are a university of great conscience, we take on what others find challenging, and we engage in and advance the work that matters most. Our research provides the necessary training ground for young scholars and students who understand where and how knowledge is formed and that learning is a lifelong process. Our research is transformational and impactful in elevating health, the environment and well-being of people, yet we recognize that there remains much work to address growing societal challenges and needs in these areas.

VP Rao's role

Dr.‌ ‌Srirama‌ ‌Rao‌ ‌serves‌ ‌as‌ ‌Vice‌ ‌President‌ ‌for‌ ‌Research‌ ‌and‌ ‌Innovation‌ ‌at‌ ‌Virginia‌ ‌Commonwealth‌ ‌University.‌ ‌He‌ ‌is‌ ‌responsible‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌overall‌ ‌strategy,‌ ‌compliance,‌ ‌growth‌ ‌and‌ ‌expansion‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌university’s‌ ‌research‌ ‌enterprise.‌ ‌As‌ ‌the‌ ‌institutional‌ ‌official,‌ ‌he‌ ‌leads‌ ‌the‌ ‌Office‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Vice‌ ‌President‌ ‌for‌ ‌Research‌ ‌and‌ ‌Innovation‌ ‌in‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌its‌ ‌efforts,‌ ‌and‌ ‌ensures‌ ‌the‌ ‌optimal‌ ‌operational‌ ‌efficiency‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌divisions‌ ‌of:‌ ‌Clinical‌ ‌Research,‌ ‌Sponsored‌ ‌Programs,‌ ‌Research‌ ‌Compliance,‌ ‌Research‌ ‌Development,‌ ‌Research‌ ‌Integrity‌ ‌and‌ ‌Ethics,‌ ‌Communications‌ ‌and‌ ‌Outreach,‌ ‌Finance‌ ‌and‌ ‌Operations,‌ ‌Information‌ ‌Systems,‌ ‌and‌ ‌Technology,‌ ‌Commercialization‌ ‌and‌ ‌Economic‌ ‌Development.‌ ‌As‌ ‌VPRI,‌ ‌Dr.‌ ‌S.‌ ‌Rao‌ ‌oversees‌ ‌VCU’s‌ ‌research‌ ‌institutes‌ ‌and‌ ‌centers,‌ ‌core‌ ‌laboratories,‌ ‌and‌ ‌institutional‌ ‌committees‌ ‌including‌ ‌the‌ ‌Institutional‌ ‌Animal‌ ‌Care‌ ‌and‌ ‌Use‌ ‌Committee‌ ‌(IACUC)‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Institutional‌ ‌Review‌ ‌Board‌ ‌(IRB).‌ ‌He‌ ‌also‌ ‌serves‌ ‌as‌ ‌an‌ ‌advisor,‌ ‌board‌ ‌member‌ ‌and‌ ‌trustee‌ ‌of‌ ‌various‌ ‌local‌ ‌and‌ ‌national‌ ‌organizations.‌


Dr.‌ ‌S.‌ ‌Rao‌ ‌earned‌ ‌his‌ ‌Ph.D.‌ ‌in‌ ‌allergy‌ ‌and‌ ‌immunology‌ ‌in‌ ‌1989‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌Indian‌ ‌Institute‌ ‌of‌ ‌Science‌ ‌in‌ ‌Bangalore,‌ ‌after‌ ‌which‌ ‌he‌ ‌conducted‌ ‌post-doctoral‌ ‌studies‌ ‌at‌ ‌Pharmacia-Experimental‌ ‌Medicine‌ ‌in‌ ‌La‌ ‌Jolla,‌ ‌Calif.‌ ‌He‌ ‌has‌ ‌focused‌ ‌his‌ ‌research‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌pathogenesis‌ ‌of‌ ‌allergic‌ ‌inflammation‌ ‌including‌ ‌asthma‌ ‌and‌ ‌has‌ ‌published‌ ‌nearly‌ ‌90‌ ‌peer‌ ‌reviewed‌ ‌manuscripts‌ ‌as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌several‌ ‌reviews‌ ‌and‌ ‌book‌ ‌chapters.‌ ‌Over‌ ‌the‌ ‌course‌ ‌of‌ ‌his‌ ‌25-year‌ ‌academic‌ ‌and‌ ‌administrative‌ ‌career,‌ ‌Dr.‌ ‌S.‌ ‌Rao‌ ‌has‌ ‌been‌ ‌continuously‌ ‌funded‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌NIH,‌ ‌multiple‌ ‌federal‌ ‌and‌ ‌state‌ ‌agencies,‌ ‌foundations‌ ‌and‌ ‌corporations,‌ ‌securing‌ ‌nearly‌ ‌$20‌ ‌million‌ ‌in‌ ‌grant‌ ‌support.‌

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Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
BioTech One
800 East Leigh Street
Third Floor, Suite 3000
Richmond, VA

For assistance or additional guidance from OVPRI staff regarding the Phased Return to Research, visit the OVPRI contacts section on the R2R page to find phone numbers and/or email addresses. For division-specific assistance, please see the OVPRI staff directory. If you have a general inquiry or are unsure of where to start, call the OVPRI main line at (804) 827-2262.

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