Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) is responsible for the integration and enhancement of research activities across UVA’s eleven schools and multiple research centers. VPR leads university-wide strategic growth activities, including multidisciplinary groups in environmental sustainability, innovation, energy systems, and biosciences. VPR also coordinates the various University units that comprise the research infrastructure, including the acquisition of research funding, the planning and development of academic research space, research commercialization, the incubation of new companies and recruiting of corporate research partners to local research parks, and public outreach.

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Melur K. (Ram) Ramasubramanian

Vice President for Research

Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
rammk@virginia.edu

Melur K. “Ram” Ramasubramanian is serving as the Vice President for Research (VPR) and is responsible for the strategy and its execution for significantly growing the research enterprise at UVA through a strong partnership with the Provost and UVA’s eleven schools and multiple research centers. He leads university-wide strategic growth activities including the Pan-University institutes, explore-to-build initiatives, and the 3Cavaliers rapid seed funding initiative. He manages various University units that comprise the research infrastructure, including the office of sponsored programs (OSP), the research development office that facilitates the acquisition of research funding, the licensing and ventures group for research commercialization and the incubation of new companies, as well as the offices for managing regulatory aspects of compliance and research safety.

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By the Numbers

  • Total Research: $394M
  • Federal Funding: $312M

UVA’s total research funding $393.8 million, of which $311.8 million is federal research dollars.

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Increasing female representation in America’s police forces can both increase reporting of violent crimes against women and decrease domestic violence, according to a new study from University of Virginia economics professor Amalia Miller. Miller and her co-author, Carmit Segal of the University of Zurich, studied the impact of female police officers from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, when police departments began hiring more women or, in some cases, were forced to hire more women after... Read More

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A UVA physics professor and three UVA engineering professors are members of three new multi-disciplinary, multi-university teams that are seeking new understanding of quantum science for the development of practical, extremely high-tech tools – including the long-dreamed-of and sought-after quantum computer. The projects are part of a $31 million National Science Foundation push to fund and inspire transformational quantum research to ... Read More

Meticulous new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine has changed a well-accepted scientific belief about neurons, the vital nerve cells that allow us to experience the world and record those experiences as memories in our brains. UVA’s new discovery reveals that these unique cells recycle and dispose of... Read More

They gathered in a one-room schoolhouse in Berryville, Virginia – four women and one man, all African-American, cming from their nearby retirement home. They were there to tell Barbara Perry and Alfred Reaves IV, researchers at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, about one of their neighbors, an African-American man who journeyed from Berryville to the highest reaches of President John F. Kennedy’s White House... Read More

Of the 25 percent of women worldwide who experience abuse, some 13 million are survivors of strangulation. These women are also 7½ times more likely to be murdered by their spouses or partners than abused women who aren’t strangled, so it’s a critical sub-group in need of legal advocacy, said UVA nursing professor Kathryn Laughon, a forensic nurse examiner ... Read More

“If macular degeneration were a country, it would be the eighth-most populated nation in the world,” said UVA’s Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati. Put plainly, macular degeneration means hundreds of millions of people are at risk of going blind. Through collaboration, Dr. Ambati and his team found that macular degeneration patients have an excess of Alu, a toxic molecule similar to HIV. Testing antiretrovirals – a drug already approved for the treatment of HIV and AIDS – they discovered an interruption in the progress of macular degeneration ... Read More

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