Jeffrey J. Fox is Director of Research Development in the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) at the University of Virginia (UVa). Jeff has experience conducting multidisciplinary research projects and managing multi-institution partnerships in both the public and private sectors. In his current role, Jeff is responsible for managing UVa’s limited submission process. He also serves as UVa's Liaison to Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Finally, Jeff focuses on “research intelligence” tools, including tools for identifying funding opportunities and discovering potential collaborations.
Prior to joining the VPR Office, Jeff served as Senior Scientist and Managing Director of the Center for Automata Processing (CAP) at UVa. Co-founded in 2013 by UVa and Micron Technology, Inc., the CAP is a virtual collaboration of universities, companies and government agencies. The Center's goal is to leverage the expertise of academic and industrial researchers to advance the field of automata computing and train future data scientists and engineers in this groundbreaking approach to computing. Jeff focused on developing and strengthening partnerships within the UVa research community and with other public and private institutions. In addition to meeting with representatives from industry, universities, and other institutions to discuss potential collaborative engagements and recruit Center members, Jeff identified and developed sponsored research opportunities and provided technical and administrative support for Center proposals. He mentored graduate student research in applications of automata processing and develops new research projects. He spearheaded development of the Center budget and operational model. Prior to his work at CAP, he served as Managing Director of UVa's nanoSTAR Institute, where he managed activities to promote multidisciplinary nanoscale and quantum research and development across Grounds, emphasizing applications in electronics, biomedicine, energy, and the environment.
Before joining UVa, Jeff was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. His projects included public outreach in the areas of science, technology, and entrepreneurship, strategic planning, and program evaluation in the Bureau's Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Jeff also served as an American Institute of Physics/AAAS Congressional Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, where he worked primarily on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education policy. Prior to his policy experience, Jeff was a Visiting Scientist with the Center for Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, where his research focused on computer models of the heart's electrical activity. Before moving to Cornell, Jeff was a founding scientist and the Vice President of Cardiovascular Research at Gene Network Sciences, a biotechnology company. There he led an multi-disciplinary research team that developed simulation software for studying cardiac rhythm disorders and the effects of drugs on cardiac electrophysiology. Jeff graduated from the Ohio State University with a B.S. in Physics, and received a PhD in Physics from Cornell University.