Lawrence B. Schook is Vice President for Research, encompassing the three campuses of the University of Illinois, and serves as the senior research officer of the university’s $900M/annual sponsored research portfolio, intellectual property, technology commercialization, and economic development activities. He is a noted entrepreneur who has launched two start-up medical application companies and is a Fellow at the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership. He has served on the boards of multiple biotechnology companies and the board of directors for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and was appointed by Governor to the Illinois Innovation Council. He is currently on the Board of Managers for the Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories.
Dr. Schook is the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor, and previously served as the Director of the Division of Biomedical Sciences. His research focuses on comparative mammalian genomics and applications of technologies to create biomedical models. He has served as the Principle Investigator for over $25M in sponsored research from the NIH, NSF, USDA and industry, and is Project Director for the International Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium.
Dr. Schook has mentored 38 undergraduate students, 37 M.S./Ph.D. students and 19 postdoctoral fellows, has written more than 200 published works, has edited six books and is founding editor of Animal Biotechnology.