Meet the Provost
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
One of the nation's leading neuroscientists, Stuart Zola serves as Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of Emory University. He brings a breadth and depth of administrative and faculty experience to the Office of the Provost, having previously collaborated with most of Emory's nine colleges and schools.
Most recently, Zola served as deputy associate chief of staff for research at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, enhancing relationships between the VA, Emory, and other universities in Georgia. As director emeritus of Yerkes National Primate Research Center and professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral science in the Emory School of Medicine, he has a long history of service at Emory, including co-directing the Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. During his emeritus career at Emory, Zola has continued to mentor graduate students and post-docs in psychiatry.
A primary contribution of his research is greater understanding of how the brain organizes memory and how this organization relates to memory problems such as amnesia. In recognition of his achievements, the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences named Zola a fellow in 2009. He also co-founded Neurotrack, a digital technology company that has developed a quick, web-based test that uses eye-tracking technology to diagnose mild cognitive impairment and is currently in research trials around the nation.
In previous roles, Zola has colloborated on research studies on aging and HIV with faculty in the Rollins School of Public Health, lectured on neuroscience in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, worked with graduate students teams from the Goizueta Business School to solve challenges at the VA, consulted with the School of Law on a developing program in health and law, and championed the importance of nursing and particularly the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in health care. He sees himself as a bridge between the health sciences and the wide range of other disciplines at Emory.