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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

Office of Research & Innovation Annual Report

Research never stops at Drexel, and it is our amazing community that makes these metrics a reality. Congratulations to the students, staff, and faculty whose passion, dedication, and intellect are engaged in research across our campuses. This annual report offers a glimpse into some of the highlights and activities of this past academic year for the Office of Research & Innovation.

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Research Consortium: Committed to Changing the Cancer Landscape in Philadelphia

Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University are longtime allies in the fight against cancer. That partnership was formalized in 2013 as the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) Research Consortium, a relationship that was reinvigorated in 2021, in preparation for the center’s application to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. Read more. (Pulse Spring 2024)

During the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center retreat on Monday Feb 5, 2024, Drs. Kenny Simansky and Noreen Robertson were awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award!

Drs. Kenny Simansky and Noreen Robertson

Lifetime Achievement Awards

During the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center retreat on Monday Feb 5, 2024, Drs. Kenny Simansky and Noreen Robertson were awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award!

College of Medicine’s 2023 Discovery Day Highlights Research Efforts

Members of the College of Medicine community came together on Thursday, November 2 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia for Discovery Day 2023. The annual event highlights participants’ original research across many biomedical science and clinical research topics. Read more.

Advice for Incoming Graduate Students at Drexel

How can you best connect with peers and mentors? What are some good places to eat, study and relax — on or off campus? Current graduate students shared tips for Dragons who are just starting at the University this year. Read more.

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.

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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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