Caroline Whitacre serves as the Senior Vice President for Research at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She is a Professor of Microbial Infection & Immunity and her research area is the immunology of multiple sclerosis. She served as Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research and Vice Dean for Research in the College of Medicine from 2002-2008. Prior to that, she served for 12 years as the chair of the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics in the College of Medicine. In her current role as VP for Research, Dr. Whitacre is responsible for the overall strategic planning and infrastructure support for the university’s $983 million annual research program. In recognition of her University activities, she was awarded the OSU Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service in 2001 and the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008. In 2004, she was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2015, she was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Whitacre serves on the boards of Rev1 Ventures, Center for Science and Industry (COSI), The Transportation Research Center, The Wellington School, BioOhio, among others. She chairs the Board of SciTech, the Ohio State University Research Park. Dr. Whitacre received her B.A. and Ph.D. degrees at The Ohio State University.