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About the Office of the Senior Vice Dean for Research

The Office of the Senior Vice Dean for Research serves to support clinical and basic research activities, works with departments and interdisciplinary programs to develop and implement research, facilitates translational research and promotes mentoring to advance the training of physicians/scientists.

The senior vice dean for research steers and supports faculty research efforts, influencing opportunities for discovery by our medical and biomedical graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical residents and medical fellows. Noreen Robertson, DMD, associate vice dean for research, and Richard Huneke, DVM, MPH, executive director of University Laboratory Animal Resources, serve complementary missions within the Office of the Vice Dean to foster pre-clinical and clinical research within the institution. We are committed to bridging the superb clinical expertise and world-class research and educational capabilities of the medical school to enhance our progressive, high-quality medical education, scientific research and patient care.

The purpose of these web pages is to serve as a focal point for research at Drexel University College of Medicine. We are dedicated to providing research support to investigators. The links to the left will provide you with information and resources. Note that Drexel University's Office of Research provides certain administrative services for the Drexel University College of Medicine research program.

Read a Q&A with Kenny Simansky, PhD, senior vice dean for research and professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology.

Research News & Announcements

Faculty Highlights: Recent Awards and Grants - October 2022

Last term, Drexel University professors were recognized for their scholarly research and prolific academic and professional contributions. This update offers a snapshot of activity courtesy of the Office of the Provost. Read more.

Welcome Asif Ilyas, Associate Dean of Clinical Research

We are pleased to announce that Asif M. Ilyas, MD ’01, MBA, FACS, has accepted the newly created position of associate dean of clinical research at Drexel University College of Medicine. Read more.

The Future of MRNA Therapeutics

On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, Franklin Institute Award laureates Katalin Karikó, PhD and Drew Weissman, MD, PhD presented a special lecture titled "The Future of MRNA Therapeutics." Drs Karikó and Weissman are recipients of the 2022 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science. Katalin Karikó, PhD, is a senior vice president at BioNTech, and an adjunct professor of neurosurgery at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Drew Weissman, MD, PhD, is the Roberts Family Professor of Vaccine Research at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. View presentation. (Drexel credentials required to access.)

Drexel Sustains Prestigious R1 Research Classification

We are proud to share the exciting news that Drexel University has again achieved national recognition in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, retaining its designation as an “R1 Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity.” Drexel is one of 146 institutions out of approximately 3,900 to receive this prestigious classification, indicating the highest level of research activity. Notably, we are one of only 39 private universities to earn the distinction.

College of Medicine’s Research Showcased at 2021 Discovery Day

Members of the College of Medicine community came together this week for Discovery Day 2021, gathering at the Philadelphia Convention Center to discuss original research. The Thursday, October 21 event showcased a variety of biomedical science and clinical research topics. Read more.

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Kenny Simansky, PhD - Vice Dean for Research

Kenny J. Simansky, PhD
Senior Vice Dean for Research; Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology

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