Dr. Pamela Norris, Vice Provost for Research

Pamela Norris
Vice Provost for Research

Dr. Pamela Norris previously served in roles as the executive dean, the executive associate dean of research, and the associate dean of research and graduate studies in the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Engineering and Applied Science and as the Frederick Tracy Morse Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She joined the faculty at UVA in 1994 after receiving her undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University, her MS and PhD degrees from Georgia Tech, and completing post-doctoral studies at UC Berkeley.

She is recognized globally as a leading expert in nanoscale heat transfer, especially interfacial thermal transport with a focus on thermal management across a range of length scales. She holds patents for innovative thermal management techniques for jet-blast deflectors as well as for applications of aerogels in areas ranging from biological warfare detection to lab-on-a-chip, to thermal insulation. She has served as the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on more than 45 sponsored research projects representing well over $25 million from the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, industry, and foundations. Dr. Norris is well-known for her mentoring skills and for her dedication to increasing diversity in the STEM disciplines. She is also well known for leadership in the field of nanotechnology education.

Current Appointments/Service

Norris currently serves as editor-in-chief of Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, is chairing the 2023 Annual International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat and Mass Transfer sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), is a member of the advisory board for Lumineo, Indie Lab, and TMM Industries LTD, and is an organizing committee member for the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE 20th anniversary program.


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Gina Lohr

Gina M. Lohr
Senior Associate Vice Provost for Research

Gina Lohr has served in multiple roles within OVPR, most recently as Associate Vice President for Research. She is a Certified Research Administrator and has more than 12 years of experience in academic research administration at the George Washington University (GW).

Gina’s portfolio includes overseeing the Office of Sponsored Projects and its Research Enhancement Unit, management of core facilities, data management and analysis, human resources, budgeting, cross-disciplinary research initiatives, communications, systems innovation and overall OVPR operations.

Gina has served as a member of the GW Committee on Classification and Compensation, the GW President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion, the university’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response committee, the university’s Benefits Advisory Committee, and the planning committee for the grand opening of the Science and Engineering Hall.

Gina is an active volunteer with organizations that support survivors of sexual assault.


Sheila Garrity
Associate Vice President, Research Integrity

Sheila Garrity joined OVPR in June, 2014 and is tasked with providing highly visible and responsible leadership in the development and administration of institutional policies, procedures and programs as they relate to research integrity and compliance.  She will partner with key stakeholders around the institution to develop a strong research integrity infrastructure.  In her role, she oversees the operations of the Office of Laboratory and Radiation Safety; the Office of Human Research; the Animal Research Facilities; and Regulatory Affairs.

Ms. Garrity is a national leader in the fields of research integrity and the responsible conduct of research education. She comes to us after spending over 20 years at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she most recently served as the Director of the Division of Research Integrity.  Ms. Garrity earned her MBA and MPH at Johns Hopkins where she also received a Certificate in Health and Human Rights and her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law.


Lisa M. Guay-Woodford
Associate Vice President for Clinical and Translational Research

Lisa Guay-Woodford, MD is an internationally recognized expert in the field of polycystic kidney disease. Her major research effort focuses on identifying the genetic factors involved in the pathogenesis of autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD).

Dr. Guay-Woodford has a dual appointment at GW and Children's National Medical Center as the Director of the Center for Translational Science. She also serves as the Principal Investigator and Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National (CTSI-CN).


James Chung
Associate Vice President, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jim Chung is the Associate Vice President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the George Washington University, and a co-principal investigator for the NSF Innovation Corps Node in Washington DC (DC I-Corps). He was previously the Director of the Mtech VentureAccelerator and the Founding Director of the Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund at the University of Maryland. Prior to Mtech, he served as a Director for New Business Development at the Corporate Executive Board. He was also Vice President at Cherington Capital (now Intervale Capital), a middle market private equity firm in the oilfield equipment and services industry.

Jim started his private sector career as an early stage venture capital investor, most recently at incTANK Ventures, where he was the managing director. Some previous and current investments include Agamatrix, Nexaweb, Ulterra, Zymetis (now Aemetis), FlexEl, FiscalNote, and TravelBank. Before becoming an investor, Jim was an academic researcher studying how business, government, and academia work together to create new innovations in high technology industries. He has been a researcher at MIT, Harvard, University of Tokyo (Fulbright Fellow), ETRI (NSF EAPSI Fellow), STEPI (Korea), and KAIST. He was named in 2015 by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the Top 100 Tech Titans in DC and by Hot Topics as one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurship Professors worldwide.

Jim received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stanford University and was a Ph.D. candidate at MIT.