Task Force: Future of Basic Sciences Research


Task Force Charge

Provost Dwight A. McBride and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Jon Lewin called upon Dean Michael Elliott and Dean Vikas Sukhatme to appoint and charge a Task Force on the Future of Basic Sciences Research to identify priorities for investment through 2025 that will increase the impact of basic scientific research across the university.

The task force, made up of basic scientists from across Emory College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine and charged within the context of the One Emory strategic framework, worked to inspire new collaborations across the university, expand Emory's research contributions to society, and provide new opportunities for students and postdoctoral trainees to connect to exciting and meaningful research experiences.

Participants

Executive Leadership Sponsors
NameTitle
Dwight A. McBrideProvost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Jonathan S. LewinExecutive Vice President for Health Affairs and Executive Director | Woodruff Health Sciences Center
President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board | Emory Healthcare
Task Force Sponsors
NameTitle
Michael ElliottDean and Charles Howard Candler Professor of English | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Vikas SukhatmeDean and Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Medicine | School of Medicine
Chief Academic Officer | Emory Healthcare
Task Force Co-chairs
NameTitle
Huw DaviesAsa Griggs Candler Professor of Chemistry | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Guido SilvestriVice Chair for Research and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine | School of Medicine
Task Force Members
NameTitle
Patricia BauerAsa Griggs Candler Professor of Psychology | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Gari CliffordChair and Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics | School of Medicine
Haian FuAssociate Dean for Innovation and International Strategies and Chair and Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology | School of Medicine
Susan MarguliesWallace H. Coulter Chair of Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering | School of Medicine, Emory University and College of Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ken MobergAssociate Professor of Cell Biology | School of Medicine
Ilya NemenmanProfessor of Physics and Biology | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Jaap de RoodeAssociate Professor of Biology | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Li XiongProfessor of Computer Science | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Ex Officio
NameTitle
Lanny LiebeskindVice Provost for Strategic Research Initiatives | Office of the Provost
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Chemistry | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
David StephensVice President for Research | Woodruff Health Sciences Center
Chair of Department of Medicine | School of Medicine
Office of Business Practice Improvement
NameTitle
Bill DracosManaging Director of University Consulting and Chief Business Practice Improvement Officer
Ross NicholasDirector
Ashley TealSenior Associate Director
Sara DickerSenior Associate

Task Force Outcomes and Initiatives

Based on task force research and recommendations, Emory leadership is focused on advancing two major initiatives:

  • Biological Discovery through Chemical Innovation
  • From Molecular Pathogenesis to Global Pandemics

Biological Discovery through Chemical Innovation

The Biomedical Discovery through Chemical Innovation initiative brings together experts in chemistry and human health to catalyze the discovery of biological principles and the development of effective and safe therapeutics and diagnostic agents.

It pursues molecular chemical technology-enabled research to rapidly discover chemical probes, therapeutic leads, and imaging agents, towards clinical candidates to address critical unmet biological and medical needs.

Further, it seeks to train the next generation of multidisciplinary investigators to bridge chemistry, biology, and medicine.

As a result, Emory chemists and biomedical investigators are increasingly working side-by-side to address urgent challenges in biology and human health through chemical innovations.

  • Emory Chemical Biology Discovery Center
  • Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Emory Healthcare
  • Laney Graduate School
  • NSF Center for Selective C-H Functionalization
  • Office of Technology Transfer
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • Woodruff Health Sciences Center

  • Emory Chemical Libraries
  • High Throughput Chemical Screening Core 
  • High Throughput Synthesis and Reaction Development Core

For more information, please contact these campus colleagues.

Contacts
ProjectContact
Biological Discovery through Chemical Innovation

Huw Davies | Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Chemistry, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Haian Fu | Associate Dean of Innovation and International Strategies, School of Medicine

From Molecular Pathogenesis to Global Pandemics

The Molecular Pathogenesis to Global Pandemics initiative is developing a novel framework to allow experts to better predict where and when disease outbreaks will occur, as emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases represent one of the major threats to human health and well-being in the 21st century.

It pursues an innovative, proactive, and multidisciplinary approach with a strategy that encompasses expertise in basic, translational, and clinical microbiology and immunology; studies of pathogen reservoirs at the ecosystem level; expertise in population dynamics, epidemiology, and public health; and the clinical application of discoveries.

With processes that are complex and non-linear, the team is working to develop new statistical and mathematical tools to enhance understanding and prediction.

As a result, Emory investigators are pursuing research with the potential for beneficial application not only to humans but also to agriculture and to wildlife conservation.

  • Center for Children Immunology and Vaccinology
  • Emory Center for AIDS Research
  • Emory Healthcare
  • Emory Transplant Center
  • Emory Vaccine Center
  • Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Emory Healthcare
  • Laney Graduate School
  • Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
  • Rollins School of Public Health
  • School of Medicine
  • Woodruff Health Sciences Center
  • Yerkes National Primate Research Center

  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Center for Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases
  • Comprehensive, multidisciplinary framework
  • New statistical and mathematical tools, and integration of novels tools with large amounts of data
  • Training program

For more information, please contact these campus colleagues.

Contacts
ProjectContact
From Molecular Pathogenesis to Global Pandemics

Jaap De Roode | Associate Professor of Biology, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Ken Moberg | Associate Professor of Cell Biology, School of Medicine

Guido Silvestri | Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine