Richard Taylor, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been appointed to the position of associate vice president for research. He will begin his new role on July 1.
Taylor came to Notre Dame in 1995 and became the associate dean for research in the College of Science in 2008. Under his leadership during the past five years, the College of Science’s annual research awards increased from $33 million to $47 million. His own research program, which has produced more than 20 Ph.Ds. in the past decade, investigates chemical synthesis, medicinal chemistry, and molecular biology; all focused towards the discovery of new chemotherapeutic agents derived from microorganisms. Taylor is also the faculty director of the Chemical Synthesis and Drug Discovery Facility in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
“Professor Taylor leadership in moving the research enterprise in the College of Science to the next level as associate dean was extraordinary,” Dean Greg Crawford said. “Knowing that he is taking on even more responsibility and oversight over the University's research enterprise gives us great confidence in our ability to fulfill our grand aspirational goal to be a preeminent research university.”
In his new role, Taylor will focus on generating new research space for departments and interdisciplinary research programs; overseeing the Office of the Vice President for Research’s internal competition and limited submission programs; and providing research proposal development and support.
“As associate dean for research in the College of Science, I have worked closely with Dr. Bernhard, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Office of Research to help support our College’s faculty research,” Taylor said. “I look forward to doing the same for the broader research community.”