Lori L. McMahon, PhD, Selected as UVA’s Next Vice President for Research

April 9, 2024 by

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Lori McMahon, PhD (contributed photo)

The University of Virginia announced today that Lori L. McMahon has been selected to serve as its next vice president for research following a national search. Her appointment, pending approval by the Board of Visitors, is slated to begin June 15.

Since the fall of 2021, McMahon has held the same position at the Medical University of South Carolina. She spent the previous two decades largely in leadership roles at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

She will succeed Interim Vice President for Research Fred Epstein, who has led the UVA research enterprise since September. Epstein is the Mac Wade Professor of Biomedical Engineering and a professor of radiology and medical imaging.

“Lori is both an outstanding researcher and a proven academic leader,” President Jim Ryan said. “She will play a critical role in advancing Universitywide priorities and will collaborate with faculty, schools and departments to grow the research enterprise. My thanks go to the search committee for their great work, and to Fred Epstein for his strong leadership during the transition period.”

McMahon, a neuroscientist, directed UAB’s Comprehensive Neuroscience Center for eight years and was dean of the UAB graduate school for six years. Since 2001, she has been the leader and principal investigator for a neuroscience lab that has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health. Her work has been featured in publications including the Journal of Neuroscience and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She will continue her research program at UVA.

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