Mark Cullen named Stanford’s senior associate vice provost for research


Mark Cullen
Mark Cullen, professor of medicine, is the new senior associate vice provost for Stanford research. (Photo by Norbert von der Groeben)

MARK CULLEN, professor of medicine and senior associate dean of research in the School of Medicine, has been named senior associate vice provost for research.

In the new role, Cullen will advise Dean of Research and Vice Provost KAM MOLER on university-wide research policy and compliance issues as well as develop strategy for the future of the office’s Institutes, Independent Labs and Centers.

“Mark is a great university citizen. His experience in the School of Medicine and expertise in social science research will be invaluable as we think about the future of shared resources and interdisciplinary collaboration at Stanford,” Moler said.

Much of Cullen’s job will be to advise Moler on policy and compliance across the research enterprise, which has changed significantly in nature and scope over the last decade.

Among the issues Cullen will focus on, Moler said, is development and implementation of rules meant to head off the possibility of undue foreign influence on federally funded research while maintaining a spirit of openness and the free exchange of scientific ideas.

Cullen will also spearhead an effort to take stock of the Dean of Research’s Institutes, Independent Labs and Centers, which have expanded in both number and scope. Today, there are 18 such units covering everything from biosciences to economic policy.

“They’re hugely important for the research enterprise,” Cullen said, and with the university’s long-range planning process underway, now is the right time to think strategically about the role they will play in the next decade and beyond.

“Stanford is an unparalleled research environment, and the question is can we move it the next mile. That’s where the heavy lifting is going to come,” Cullen said. “It’s an opportunity that I think anyone in my position would jump at.”

Cullen came to Stanford in 2009 from Yale and immediately took on leadership positions. From 2009 to 2015, he served as chief of the division of general medicine disciplines in the School of Medicine. Since 2015, he has directed the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences and will continue in both that role and as senior associate dean of research in the School of Medicine. Cullen began his position as senior associate vice provost for research in October.