Auburn University Health Sciences Research Initiative


Faculty at Auburn University are extensively engaged in interdisciplinary health sciences research. The Auburn University Health Sciences Research Initiative is helping us harness and focus our capacity to grow our contributions to multiple areas of health that advance knowledge, benefit Alabama, and facilitate broader efforts in health sciences research and application.

The AUHSRI empowers faculty to engage in discovery, innovation, and outreach in the health sciences for the benefit of all segments of society. This interdisciplinary initiative engages faculty experts from all AU colleges and schools involved in research affecting physical, mental, and social health and well-being. The AUHSRI strengthens the sense of commitment to and facilitate communication with communities and stakeholders throughout the state and beyond, encourage the sharing of resources across campus, and advance the research enterprise related to health sciences through significant extramural sponsorship.

General Goals of the AUHSRI
  • Strengthen and expand health sciences research at Auburn
  • Expand capacities in areas of teaching, extension and outreach to benefit the professional development, health and well-being of diverse stakeholders
  • Determine areas within the health sciences where Auburn can lead
  • Develop and enhance internal and external partnerships that strengthen Auburn’s health sciences initiative
  • Increase and diversify external sponsors of Auburn’s health sciences research
  • Grow national visibility of Auburn in the health sciences arena


Dr. Marietta Harrison (Purdue University) AUHSRI Consultant

  • Special Advisor, Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships
  • Interim Director, Bindley Bioscience Center, Discovery Park
  • Associate Director, Purdue University Center for Cancer Research
  • Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Dr. Harrison is an accomplished health sciences researcher. During her tenure at Purdue University, she has held a number of administrative titles, including Associate VP for Research, Director of the Oncological Sciences Center, Deputy Director of Purdue Discovery Park, and Interim Director of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering. Dr. Harrison has won numerous award for her research, has authored over 65 peer-reviewed publications and has served as a member of several National Institutes of Health Special Study Sections.

In her role as AUHSRI consultant, Dr. Harrison will work closely with the AUHSRI steering committee, the associate deans for research, and the interim vice president for research to help refine the vision and goals of the AUHSRI. She will engage individuals and entities internal and external to AU to develop recommendations that will help define the operational structure of the AUHSRI, and refine and focus short-, intermediate- and long-term programmatic goals that will position AU to attract and sustain significant external sponsorship for innovation in, and advancement of the health sciences.

AUHSRI Steering Committee

   Frank Bartol - College of Veterinary Medicine
   Kenny Brock - Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
   Paul Brown - Alabama Cooperative Extension System
   Stephen Erath - College of Human Sciences
   Kathy Jo Ellison - School of Nursing
   Henry Fadamiro - College of Agriculture
   Michael Fogle - College of Sciences and Mathematics / FRC Chair
   Linda Gibson-Young - School of Nursing / FRC Liaison
   Adelia Grabowsky - Libraries
   Rodney Greer - College of Education
   Ramesh Jeganathan - College of Human Sciences
   Jeffrey Katz - College of Liberal Arts
   Graeme Lockaby - School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
   Jennifer Kerpelman - College of Human Sciences
   Timothy Moore - Harrison School of Pharmacy
   David Riese - Harrison School of Pharmacy / AUHSRI Liaison
   Karen Rogers - College of Architecture, Design and Construction
   Steve Taylor - Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
   Ed Thomas - College of Science and Mathematics
   Brian Vaughn - College of Human Sciences

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For questions or input, or to schedule a meeting with the AUHSRI consultant, please email Dr. David Riese(, liaison to the AUHSRI.