Office of Research Leadership

We invite you to get to know our leadership in the Office of Research. In this ongoing series, we’ll introduce you to the exceptionally dedicated and experienced team members who contribute to the success of the research enterprise at Ohio State.

Caroline C. Whitacre, PhD, has served as the vice president for research at The Ohio State University since August 2008. Her expertise on immunological mechanisms and gender differences in multiple sclerosis has made her one of the world’s most acknowledged authorities on autoimmune disease.

Dr. Whitacre is a professor of microbial infection and immunity and former chair of the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics in the College of Medicine, a position which she held for 12 years. Prior to joining the Office of Research, she served as the associate vice president for health sciences research and vice dean for research in the College of Medicine from 2001-2008, where she successfully championed the development of research and research education.

In her current role as vice president for research, Dr. Whitacre is responsible for the overall strategic planning and infrastructure support for the universities $967 million annual basic and applied research program. She oversees the university’s efforts to stimulate research and support ongoing activities.

Dr. Whitacre has published extensively, is a member of various professional groups, and has many professional honors. In 2004, she was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In recognition of her university activities, Dr. Whitacre was awarded Ohio State University’s Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service in 2001 and the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008.

Dr. Whitacre received her BA and PhD degrees from Ohio State and completed her postdoctoral training at Northwestern Medical School in Chicago. She joined the College of Medicine faculty in 1981.