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  • Melanie Loots

    Melanie Loots

    Chief of Staff, Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

    (217) 333-0034

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    Melanie Loots is the Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is responsible for policy development, strategic and tactical planning, implementation of the University Policy on Conflicts of Commitment and Interest on the Urbana campus, and is liaison to several cross-disciplinary campus units.


    Melanie has served on federal panels and committees, including National Science Foundation review panels, NASA’s SEDAC user working group, the National Research Council Committee for CODATA, and NSF’s Advisory Committee for the Office of International Science and Engineering, as well as organizational and program committees for technical conferences and the board of directors of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computing. From 1991-2000, she directed the Applications Division of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Prior to joining the University of Illinois in 1989, she worked in drug discovery and information services at E. R. Squibb and Sons, a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey. Before moving into the pharmaceutical industry, Melanie received her Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry from Princeton in 1979, working with Professor Jeffrey Schwartz, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago, working with Professor Jack Halpern.

  • Linda Lee Drozt

    Linda Lee Drozt

    Conflict of Interest Officer

    (217) 333-8124

    Linda coordinates campus compliance with sponsor-specific conflict of interest (COI) requirements/regulations and supports conflict identification and management efforts. 

  • Christopher Lehmann

    Christopher Lehmann

    Research Integrity Officer

    (217) 300-5805

    Chris serves as intake official for research misconduct allegations and promotes training in the responsible conduct of research for the campus.

  • Beth Lewis

    Beth Lewis

    Office Manager

    (217) 300-7227

    Beth provides administrative support for Melanie Loots, Sharee Robinson, Sue Key, OVCRI HR and she is the first responder for the OVCRI mainline.

  • Suge Lim

    Visual Communications Designer

    (217) 300-7986

    Suge works with the communications team to develop a variety of materials, including websites, infographics, social media graphics, promotional items, and more. She also provide visual design expertise and advice to units that report to and work with the OVCRI. 

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