Welcome to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research & Chief Technology Officer

Georgetown University is dedicated to conducting nationally and globally significant research that fosters greater insight and cross-cultural understanding, and addresses some of today’s critical societal challenges.

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research was created in July, 2011 to lead Georgetown’s development of innovation alliances and partnerships with industry, universities, and national laboratories domestically and overseas.

We understand the importance of a multidisciplinary, integrative, and open-innovation approach to research. Our office strives to create an environment that recruits, engages, and rewards collaborative research among investigators from the natural sciences, social sciences, computational sciences, and the humanities. Our partners include investigators from other universities, public health, national laboratories, industry, and research organizations around the world.


Our core mission is to:

  • Create/foster the development of new core capabilities and technology platforms
  • Develop new (often unconventional) partnerships, and
  • Experiment, foster and develop new research environment(s) that offer the opportunity to conduct highly-integrative research.

To accomplish our mission we:

  • Design and develop advanced informatics infrastructure(s) in partnership with leading technological organizations.
  • Provide a team experienced in complex, multi-institutional, multi-national relationships. 
  • Invest in developing relationships with other institutions, domestically and abroad, such as the Department of Energy, national laboratories, and foreign universities.
  • Develop and provide a technical team that identifies, supports, leads, and manages new research initiatives.  
  • Move our team across different research areas to cross-fertilize ideas from one domain to another.
  • Facilitate the development of new educational programs, which build relationships that enhance our research competitiveness.

 Headed by Dr. Spiros Dimolitsas, the Senior Vice President for Research & Chief Technology Officer, our office oversees and supports Georgetown’s development of innovative alliances and partnerships with industry, universities, and national laboratories, working collaboratively with leaders across the University to promote research, secure investments in University-based programs, and oversee multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research programs.

We understand the importance of a multidisciplinary, integrative and open-innovation approach to research, which is reflected in our wide scope and diversity of disciplines and organizations contributing to our research domains of interest. Our approach to research, since the time of our establishment, is one of the distinguishable characteristics of our office.

Browse through the tabs above to learn more about our office and our current research projects.

News and Events

Improvements in HIV Data Quality across Public Health Jurisdictions Using the ATra™ Black Box

January 21, 2022

A paper published in Public Health Reports today details how Georgetown University partnered with 5 public health jurisdictions to enhance the matching of persons across HIV surveillance databases.  The addition of alias names to the algorithm that matched persons across jurisdictions identified 9070 (4.5%) more duplicate matches than using only one name per person.  It also increased the total number of matches at the exact through high levels by 15.4%.  This use of all possible names for a person provides more actual and potential matches to a jurisdiction, increasing the data available for ensuring engagement in HIV care and measuring progress on the HIV Care Continuum.

Data-Sharing Technology Enhancing HIV Public Health Action Across Region

January 15th, 2016

An interdisciplinary study published today in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance outlines how the D.C., Maryland and Virginia health departments, Georgetown and George Washington universities developed a novel privacy-enhanced data-sharing technology to improve HIV surveillance data across the region. Using this innovative approach, the three health departments were able to confirm that more than 21,000 people living with HIV appeared in the Enhanced HIV/AIDS Reporting System (eHARS) databases of at least two jurisdictions in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area between 1981 and 2015. Indicating such movement for HIV care across borders in the region is important because people might be deemed to be out of such care when they are in fact receiving medical attention in another jurisdiction.…

Céline Bonfils, Ph.D., Presents Lecture

November 20th, 2015

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research invited Céline Bonfils, Ph.D., Research Scientist from the Lawrence Livermore National Labratory to present about “Natural and human-induced changes in precipitation and droughts inferred from observations and coupled climate models”. This lecture was presented in partnership with: Office of the Provost Advisor to the President on Global Health Georgetown Climate Center Georgetown Environmental Initiative Harrison Institute O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Natural and human-induced changes in precipitation and droughts inferred from observations and coupled climate models from Georgetown University OSVPR on Vimeo.…

Spotlight in Office of Technology Commercialization Newsletter

October 1st, 2015

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research was spotlighted in the Fall 2015 newsletter of the Office of Technology Commercialization. To see the newsletter and learn more about our office, please visit the newsletter online.…

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