G. Don Taylor

G. Don Taylor
Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation

540-231-3270

Office Contact Information

Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI)
Steger Hall
1015 Life Science Circle
Blacksburg, VA  24061

540-231-6077

Leadership Team

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation is responsible for the following

  • Catalyzes growth in Virginia Tech’s research enterprise by providing strategic vision, guidance, and coordination
  • Champions Virginia Tech’s research programs and capabilities in Virginia, across the nation, and around the globe
  • Identifies opportunities for and provides institutional support to faculty to organize and focus strategic research efforts within and across traditional disciplinary boundaries
  • Works closely with advancement and Virginia Tech’s colleges to create and grow holistic university-industry partnerships
  • Offers a portfolio of support and services to help researchers translate discoveries into commercial products
  • Advances Virginia Tech’s diverse research enterprise with state-of-the-art infrastructure and accreditations
  • Provides training, services, and processes to help researchers maintain the highest standards of research integrity and regulatory compliance
  • Delivers effective and efficient research administration to help researchers as they identify, pursue, capture, and deliver research programs

Click one of the links below to learn more about the leadership team.

Dennis Dean
Director
Fralin Life Science Institute
deandr@vt.edu
540-231-6933

Mike Friedlander
Executive Director
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
friedlan@vtc.vt.edu
540-526-2013

Eric Paterson
Interim Director
Hume Center for National Security and Technology
egp@vt.edu
540-858-3350

Ben Knapp
Director
Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology
benknapp@vt.edu
540-231-1911

Stefan Duma
Director
Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science
duma@vt.edu
540-231-6876

Karen A. Roberto
Director
Institute for Society, Culture and Environment
kroberto@vt.edu
540-231-7657

Tom Dingus
Director
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
tdingus@vtti.vt.edu
540-231-1501

  • Gary Sherman
    Associate Vice President for Research Partnerships
    gbsherman@vt.edu
    540-231-6145
  • Trudy Riley
    Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation, Sponsored Programs

    trudyr1743@vt.edu
    540-231-5281
  • Lisa M. Lee
    Associate Vice President for Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance
    lmlee@vt.edu
    540-231-0333
  • John Talerico
    Director of Export and Secure Research
    jtaleric@vt.edu
    540-231-6583
  • Tom Ollendick
    Interim Research Integrity Officer

    tho@vt.edu

    540-231-6451
  • Vicky Ratcliffe
    Manager of Research Education and Development
    vratcliffe@vt.edu
    540-231-7964
  • TBD
    Director of Communications
  • David Schabdach
    Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation, Laboratory Animal Resources; Attending Veterinarian
    540-232-8747
    dschab85@vt.edu