Research Leadership

The Office of the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine encompasses the work of investigators in basic science and clinical and translational research; the research support and administration operations; faculty and professional development; technology development and innovation; graduate studies; and more.

Leaders of the research mission include the following personnel.

Leslie ParentLeslie Parent, MD
Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research

Sheila VranaSheila L. Vrana, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research

Diane ThiboutotDiane Thiboutot, MD
Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research Education

Neal ThomasNeal Thomas, MD, M.Sc.
Associate Dean for Clinical Research

Charles LangCharles Lang, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Joseph JilkaJoseph Jilka, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research Innovation

Sarah BronsonSarah Bronson, Ph.D.
Director of Research Development and Interdisciplinary Research

Bruce StanleyBruce Stanley, Ph.D.
Director of Research Resources

Kurt KissingerKurt Kissinger, MPIA
Director of Operations