The Vice Chancellor
Vice Chancellor for Research
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Terry Magnuson, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor and founding chair of the UNC Department of Genetics, became UNC’s vice chancellor for research on July 1, 2016. In this role, he leads a campus-wide research program that attracted nearly $1 billion in contract and grant funding in fiscal 2014; connects academic units across campus with university priorities; and manages research support offices as well as 14 centers and institutes.
Magnuson, a geneticist who studies chromatin and gene expression in various diseases, joined the UNC School of Medicine in 2000 to create its $245 million-backed genetics and genomics program. He also directed the pan-campus Carolina Center for Genome Sciences, developed the Cancer Genetics Program within the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and in 2010 was named vice dean for research in the School of Medicine.
He is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. In 2014, he was appointed to the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils, an exclusive group of the top minds in the nation charged with guiding research projects that transcend the National Institute of Health’s centers and institutes. He’s also a founding member of the International Mammalian Genome Society and has served on the board of directors for both the Society for Developmental Biology and the Genetics Society of America.
is the Executive Assistant for the Vice Chancellor. Ms. Riordan is responsible for the Vice Chancellorʼs calendar and works closely to help prepare and review presentations, reports and travel coordination.
Jo Ann Gustafson
serves as Director of Operations and Senior Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research. She is responsible for the management of all administrative functions. These include day-to-day management of all activities and procedures and oversight of budget and personnel administration within the organization. Ms. Gustafson serves as the HR Officer for the Research Division.
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serves as Director for Research Division Financial Services. She leads the finance, accounting, budget, and financial services operations of the second largest research generating division on campus. She directs the planning of shared financial and research administration services for the research division as a whole, and oversees the provision of these services to OVCR administrative offices, centers, and institutes. Ms. Watkins also represents UNC Research on campus finance committees, and serves as the MOU for the division.
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Associate Vice Chancellors
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
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Andy Johns is responsible for strategic planning, research policy, infrastructure and operations, and elements of regulatory compliance. Johns focuses heavily on the complexities and challenges associated with biomedical research, addressing challenges and barriers to growth of the research enterprise, both from a logistics and policy perspective. He has led university-wide efforts to plan for new academic and research initiatives in data science and data analytics, among others. Johns oversees the Offices of Sponsored Research, Clinical Trials, Research Information Systems, and Conflict of Interest.
Andy Johns has served in higher education for over two decades in areas of research, financial and information technology administration. Prior to his current role, Johns served as director of UNC’s Office of Research Information Systems and also held the role of director of IT Services for UNC’s Finance division. Johns received his undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Craig Fletcher advises the Vice Chancellor for Research on strategic planning for research involving animals and participates in the design of new research and administrative initiatives and strategies. Fletcher also serves as director of the Division of Comparative Medicine, serving as university attending veterinarian, manages the university program for laboratory animal care and housing, serves as a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and participates in educational and research program activities.
Dr. Fletcher completed his B.S. degree in Laboratory Animal Science from North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University (A&T), a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. After completing post-doctoral fellowship positions at Johns Hopkins University, he joined the distinguished faculty in the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology before joining the faculty of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the School of Medicine at UNC. He was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from NC A&T State University, serves as a standing review panel member of the National Institutes of Health’s Scientific and Technical Review Board on Biomedical and Behavioral Research Facilities, and serves as the Chair of the Executive Board for the North Carolina Association of Biomedical Research.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
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Don Hobart manages public and external affairs for UNC Research. His responsibilities include managing research opportunities with university, agency and institutional partners, external partnerships with businesses and economic development organizations, and global relationships. He serves as a primary OVCR point of contact for federal and state government issues related to research matters, working with the UNC Offices of Federal Affairs and State Government Relations. He represents the OVCR on various boards and committees internal to UNC and the UNC System and with external organizations. He oversees the UNC Office of Research Communications and his staff maintain UNC’s statistics for research impact.
Prior to joining UNC-Chapel Hill, Don Hobart served the state of North Carolina in the Department of Commerce and Office of the Governor developing and executing economic development programs and policies, recruiting industry, and managing state and federal government affairs. He has served as chief counsel to North Carolina’s Attorney General and spent a decade in private practice as a defense litigator and trial attorney in the state and federal trial and appellate courts. He was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship in 2006 to study economic development strategy in Southeast Asia. He received his law and undergraduate degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
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Joyce Tan is responsible for developing and implementing strategic research initiatives for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and overseeing the Office of Research Development. Tan facilitates interdisciplinary research programs and initiatives to grow the university’s global reputation. She encourages innovation and entrepreneurship by connecting the OVCR with leadership across UNC and by promoting research partnerships with external public and private organizations.
Prior to joining UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Tan led the discovery and development of a therapeutic asthma vaccine program and contributed to the development of vaccines in cancer and neuroscience at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals’ Global Research and Development. She also developed small molecule therapeutics in cancer and infectious disease at Anadys Pharmaceuticals. Joyce’s scientific background is in immunology. She made important scientific contributions to the understanding of how cells populate the immune system after chemotherapy and how immune cells maintain memory to respond to subsequent infections. She received her PhD degree from Emory University and BA degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research
Sibby Anderson-Thompkins is Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and is responsible for promoting and supporting post-doctoral training, as well as helping to prepare UNC postdoctoral scholars toward successful research careers. Anderson-Thompkins is also Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research, where she acts as the diversity liaison for the research division and assists in planning, implementing, and assessing efforts to increase diversity and inclusion.
Before joining UNC Research, Sibby Anderson-Thompkins served as a clinical faculty member, the assistant dean of the college, and director of Academic Advising at Agnes Scott College in Georgia. She has also served as associate dean of Student Affairs at Hampshire College. At Carolina, she served as assistant dean in the UNC Academic Advising Program and an assistant dean of students in the UNC Office of the Dean of Students before leading OPA. Thompkins has been an active member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), and has served on the organization’s advisory council, as NPA’s Diversity Officer, and as a member of the NPA Advisory Group for an NSF Paid ADVANCE Project. Thompkins received her undergraduate and M.A. in communication studies degrees from UNC. Additionally, she holds a M.S. in educational research and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies from Georgia State University, as well as a certificate in management and leadership in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Chief Scientific Officer
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Prior to joining UNC, Dr. Collins served as Director of Discovery Partnerships with Academia at GlaxoSmithKline, where he led joint academia-GSK drug discovery collaborations across the United States. He has 24 years’ experience leading multidisciplinary drug discovery research teams across all phases of early drug discovery, from therapeutic target identification to development candidate selection. He has served as a co-author on 80 scientific publications and is an inventor on 16 composition of matter patents claiming six clinical development compounds. He currently serves as a scientific advisor for the University of Michigan Therapeutic Innovation Fund and BioLabs NC, and previously served as a member of the Duke-Coulter Translational Partnership Oversight Committee. He received his BS degree in chemistry from UNC and PhD in organic chemistry from IU at Bloomington, then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard.
Research Integrity Officer
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Eric Everett is the Institutional Research Integrity Officer for UNC-Chapel Hill, serving as the University liaison to the federal Office of Research Integrity. As such, his responsibilities include evaluating allegations of research misconduct, protecting the rights of complainants and whistleblowers, and providing guidance and support regarding inquiries into misconduct allegations. Everett also serves as a professor in the Division of Oral and Craniofacial Health Sciences in the Adams School of Dentistry and Director of Research Integrity, Ethics, and Education in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.
A scientist and mentor, Eric Everett’s research focuses on genes and pathways in the embryonic and postnatal development of craniofacial, oral and dental structures. Prior to joining the UNC Chapel Hill faculty, Eric Everett earned his M.S. in clinical immunology from the University of Florida College of Medicine, before attending the Medical University of South Carolina for his Ph.D. in molecular cell biology and pathobiology. He completed postdoctoral work in hematopoiesis (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) and medical genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Later joining the faculty at Indiana University Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.