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, M.D.
Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (effective June 1, 2015)
Associate Vice President for Research (effective June 1, 2015)


Sheila VranaSheila L. Vrana, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Interim Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research
Associate Dean for Research


Ann OuyangAnn Ouyang, M.D.
Associate Dean for Faculty and Professional Development


Diane ThiboutotDiane Thiboutot, M.D.
Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research Education


Michael VerderameMichael Verderame, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies


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


Kurt KissingerKurt Kissinger, MPIA
Director of Operations