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Research Chief Named

UC Riverside Names New Vice Chancellor of Research

Noted Biochemist Dr. Charles F. Louis Assumes Post on July 1

(June 11, 2004)

Dr. Charles F. Louis

Dr. Charles F. Louis

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Dr. Charles F. Louis, Vice President for Research at Georgia State University, has been named the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Riverside, effective July 1. He will hold the concurrent appointment of Professor of Biochemistry.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Louis to UCR,” said UC Riverside Chancellor France A. Córdova. “UCR is on an accelerated trajectory with respect to discovery and invention. Dr. Louis has the experience and drive to help enable our faculty to expand the scope and influence of their research even further."

Dr. Louis most recently served as Vice President for Research at Georgia State University where he provided oversight and management of sponsored research and compliance programs and developed programs and initiatives to increase sponsored funding. Over the past three years, sponsored funding at Georgia State has increased nearly 40%. In addition, he has worked with the Atlanta business community, the Georgia Research Alliance, and the Georgia Cancer Coalition to increase the biotechnology industry in the state. He has also created an office of technology commercialization at Georgia State University.

“This is an exciting time to be joining UCR,” said Louis. “With a dedicated faculty and staff, and an outstanding student body, there is incredible opportunity ahead at the campus and in the region. UCR is internationally recognized for its commitment to excellence in research, teaching and public service.”

Louis received his Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Chemistry from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, a D.Phil. in Biochemistry from Oxford University, England, followed by post-doctoral training at Stanford University. He has 145 peer-reviewed publications and 142 meeting abstracts.

His biomedical research on the role of calcium as an intracellular signaling molecule, which has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 20 years, uses a range of different disciplinary approaches including cell physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, and biophysics. Louis was recently elected to a term on the 2004 Board of the Council of Research Policy and Graduate Education (CRPGE) of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC), and has served on boards of the biotech industry associations in both Minnesota and Georgia.

As Vice Chancellor for Research, Louis will undertake a wide array of responsibilities, including helping campus researchers to secure extramural funds; overseeing the Office of Intellectual Property Services that assists faculty in protecting and commercializing their inventions; and overseeing the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration that ensures proposal conformity to funding agency and university requirements, negotiates contracts with funding agencies, and provides post-award administration of grants and contracts. He will also and oversee compliance with federal, state University and other regulations governing the conduct of research using animals, human subjects, or biohazardous materials, and will administer campus committees charged with reviewing these compliance issues.

The Vice Chancellor for Research is also responsible for the review and regulatory oversight of research-related centers and organized research units at UC Riverside; investigating allegations of research misconduct on campus; and aiding UC Riverside faculty, department heads, and deans in identifying, promoting, and coordinating the development of proposals for multidisciplinary research initiatives.

Prior to serving as Vice President for Research at Georgia State University, Louis served as Head of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota from 1998-2000; Assistant Vice President for Research and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Minnesota from 1994-1998; and held appointments at the University of Connecticut Health Center and Leeds University in England. Louis will come to UCR with his wife Dr. Anne Sutherland, a Texan who is also Oxford trained. She will be joining the faculty as a Professor in the Department of Anthropology.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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