Vice President for Research (Interim), University of Illinois
Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lawrence Schook became the first Vice President for Research for the University of Illinois in February, 2011.
As Vice President, Schook provides a unified voice for Illinois research at the university level, including overseeing the enterprise-wide system of technology and economic development, facilitating collaborative research opportunities, streamlining related policies and procedures, and helping communicate the university’s research vision to internal and external constituencies. Schook also serves as an administrator on the Urbana-Champaign campus; as the Director of the Division of Biomedical Sciences, he has led strategic alliances related to health research and coordinates campus-wide research and educational programs since 2008.
Prior to his appointment as Vice President, Schook was a University of Illinois faculty member, specializing in comparative genomics and regenerative medicine. As Principle Investigator, he has received over $25 million in sponsored research from governmental and industrial sources. His scholarly activities have included over 200 publications and six edited books, and he is the founding editor of Animal Biotechnology.
Schook has served as an advisor and board member for many corporations, universities, non-governmental and government agencies, including the Illinois Biotechnology Organization, the USDA and NRC in animal genomics, the Alliance for Animal Genome Research, the International Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium, and the International Pig SNP Chip consortium.
He earned his B.A. from Albion College in 1972 and a Ph.D. from Wayne State School of Medicine in 1978. After postdoctoral training at the Institute for Clinical Immunology in Switzerland and the University of Michigan, he has held positions at the Medical College of Virginia, University of Minnesota, and the University of Lausanne. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.