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Multiple images of researchers working in the field. The first image shows two student researchers, looking at a laptop by a stream in their high boots and weighters. The second image is a close up shot of a student researcher looking at creatures in glass containers. The third image shows two professors, wearing safety glasses, about to pour liquid nitrogen. The fourth image shows a researcher in the lab. The fifth image shows a group of researchers looking at foliage in plastic bags. The sixth image shows two researchers taking images for the library archive, one is standing on a stool while the other holds books open.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research oversees, develops and supports UNC’s $1.2 billion research enterprise. It sets strategic priorities for research, manages proposals and awards, provides research infrastructure, identifies funding opportunities, develops research teams and partnerships, and oversees regulatory compliance, ethics, and conflict of interest management.

Portrait of Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen

Penny Gordon-Larsen, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research

Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine


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312 South Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4000

Ph: 919-962-1319
Fax: 919-962-1476

Bridget Riordan is the Executive Assistant for the Vice Chancellor. Ms. Riordan is responsible for the Vice Chancellor’s calendar and works closely to help prepare and review presentations, reports and travel coordination.

Yana Biblin serves as director of the VCR Research Administration Service Center that helps faculty and principal investigators focus on their research efforts by providing customized administrative and management support for research proposals, grants, awards and contracts.

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Leslie Heal serves as director of the Finance Operations and Analytics, and Major Organizational Unit (MOU) and is the finance lead for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. She is responsible for developing and implementing financial strategies as well as overseeing the day-to-day financial operations of the organization. Leslie’s expertise in leveraging technology for forecasting and reporting has been a key asset to the Vice Chancellor for Research. She has implemented tools to enhance the organization’s forecasting capabilities, improve data accuracy and visualization, and streamline financial reporting processes. Prior to her administrative position, Leslie utilized her doctoral degree in music from Indiana University teaching courses at the University level.

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