Jennifer Lodge, PhD assumed the role of Vice Chancellor for Research at Washington University in St. Louis in 2014, and continues in her roles of Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine. In her administrative roles, guides school and university investments in research, as well as oversees research compliance, education, and grants and contracts. As an active researcher, her laboratory studies the human pathogenic fungus, Cryptococcus neoformans, and focuses on biochemical processes of the fungal cell wall that are essential for fungal survival which may lead to novel antifungal therapies and vaccines. She has published over 60 articles, has had continuous NIH funding since 1997, was elected as a fellow to the American Academy of Microbiology in 2011 and to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012. She is a 2014 graduate of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program and a recipient of the 2015 Academy of Science - St. Louis Trustee award. In 2016 she was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. She serves on multiple boards, on NIH review panels, editorial boards, and is the past Chair of the Group on Research at the AAMC.
Lodge graduated from Oberlin College with honors in 1979, earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Washington University in 1988, was a postdoctoral researcher at both Monsanto Co. and Washington University, and a faculty member for 11 years at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where she was Associate Dean for Research from 2005-2009.