Lanny Liebeskind Vice Provost, Strategic Research Initiatives

As vice provost for strategic research initiatives, Lanny Liebeskind provides leadership to advance the university's research in a measurable way, to develop areas of research and scholarship poised for meaningful growth, and to foster faculty and student opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship. His office leads the University Research Council and partners on enterprise-wide projects with schools and units and with entities around campus such as the offices of Foundation Relations, Institutional Research, and Sponsored Projects. He also serves as Emory's liaison to the Georgia Research Alliance.

A Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Chemistry, Liebeskind served as director of the Office of University Science Strategies for 10 years before taking on his current role in 2015. He came to Emory in 1985 from Florida State University. His own research interests—supported by the NIH, NSF, and industry over the years—focus on the discovery of new reactions and the application of transition metal chemistry to problems in organic synthesis. 

Selected Career Milestones

  • Promoted to professor at Emory and awarded a Samuel Candler Dobbs Chair in Chemistry (1988)
  • Received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award, and an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Research Award
  • Elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2015)
  • Appointed to the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic


BS, State University of New York at Buffalo
PhD, University of Rochester
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University



I enjoy working with the many colleagues here who see the necessity and value of higher-level endeavors, people who understand the ‘we’ as well as the ‘me.’