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Vice President for Research and Innovation

P. Srirama Rao, PhD

P. Srirama Rao, PhD

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Research universities provide the nexus of discovery, education, and service. The research process evolves into scholarly publication, enlightening histories, interpretative arts, lifesaving drugs, and remarkable innovations ranging from nanotechnology to macroeconomics. Each day VCU researchers make progress toward improving our quality of life and our understanding of the world around us.

Our research provides an incubator for training new scholars and a new generation of students who understand where and how knowledge is formed. No matter their chosen career, all benefit from the curiosity instilled and the recognition that learning is a lifelong process.

The VCU Office of Research and Innovation seeks to partner with faculty in all Schools and departments as they seek funding, plan studies, establish collaborations, calculate budgets, submit grant applications, negotiate industry contracts, and secure patents and licensing agreements. Skilled staff within each of the major divisions—sponsored programs administration, research subjects protection, animal research, technology transfer, industry partnerships, and education and oversight—look forward to helping VCU faculty in all realms of the research process. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions and requests for assistance. We are here to help you expand the frontiers of learning and scientific advancement for the benefit of society.

The research enterprise at VCU has made substantial forward steps in recent years, doubling the sponsored award base, renovating laboratories, rebuilding the research subjects protection program, and investing in state-of-the-art animal care equipment and facilities. I look forward to working with you as we take the next step.

P. Srirama Rao, PhD
Vice President for Research and Innovation

About Dr. P. Srirama Rao

P. Srirama Rao, Ph.D. joined Virginia Commonwealth University as the vice president for research and innovation in October 2018. He holds an appointment in the School of Medicine as professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. S. Rao came to VCU from the University of Minnesota, where he was professor and associate dean for research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and held a joint appointment as professor in the Department of Medicine in the Medical School.

Dr. S. Rao also leads a transdisciplinary international effort of “One Medicine One Science” aimed at advancing the "Science behind One Health,” an approach to design and implement research, programs, policies and legislation to achieve better public health outcomes.

Dr. S. Rao earned his Ph.D. in allergy and immunology from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, after which he conducted post-doctoral studies at Pharmacia-Experimental Medicine in La Jolla, California. His research focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of allergic inflammation including asthma and food allergy.