Susan A. Martinis
Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation
Susan Martinis is Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she provides leadership for the campus-wide interdisciplinary research institutes, promotes new research initiatives, and oversees the administrative and business processes that ensure the safe, ethical, and productive conduct of research at Illinois.
Dr. Martinis, the Stephen G. Sligar Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, studies the mechanisms, evolution, and biomedical applications of protein synthesis and RNA-protein interactions. She is a successful researcher, engaged in entrepreneurial and corporate partnerships, a committed educator, and an experienced administrator.
Chief of Staff, Senior Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation
Melanie Loots is the Senior Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation at the University of Illinois 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 UIUC campus, and is the liaison to several cross-disciplinary campus units.