The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research advances and supports Georgetown University by engaging in research related to contemporary socio-technical issues affecting health, security and sustainability, finding new funding opportunities, and developing internal and external partnerships.

Our office works with a diverse group of faculty, staff and researchers from Georgetown University and Georgetown University’s Medical Center to promote research, secure investments in University-based programs, and oversee multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research programs.

Laura Anderko, PHD
Georgetown University

Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, holds the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. She is a scholar and educator in the fields of epidemiology, public health and environmental health. Dr. Anderko earned her PhD in public health from the University of Illinois, an MS from Northern Illinois University, and a BSN from University of Illinois. 

She previously served on the Environmental Protection Agency’s federal advisory committee, the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) and currently serves on its National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee Research Workgroup. Dr. Anderko, a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, serves as a member of the Regional III Health Equity Council for HHS, chairman of the board for the national group, Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment, and as a member of the advisory group for the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health. 

In 2013, she was named a White House Champion of Change for her leadership in raising awareness about climate-related health effects. The next year, she earned the 2014 Nursing Excellence GEM Award for her work to advance and lead the nursing profession. In 2015, she was granted a five-year award, totaling more than $700,000, to lead a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative at Georgetown focusing on children and environmental health.

Volodymyr Babich, PHD
Georgetown University

Volodymyr Babich is the Lapeyre Family Term Associate Professor of Business Administration at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. In the past he has been a visiting scholar at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an engineer at Penske Logistics Engineering, Cleveland, OH. He earned his Ph.D. in Operations Research from Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management. He also holds M.S. degrees in Management Science and Mathematics. 
Prof. Babich’s research interests are the interface of operations and finance, supply risk management, supply chain management, stochastic modeling, and risk management. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, and multiple university and industry grants. His papers have been published in leading Operations Research, Operations Management, and Industrial Engineering journals. Prof. Babich serves as an associate editor for Management Science and M&SOM and as a senior editor for Production and Operations Management. He is an active member of INFORMS, POMS, and the MSOM societies, and has served as the Chair of the MSOM Special Interest Group on the Interface of Finance, Operations, and Risk Management (iFORM). 

Ross Berg
Georgetown University

Charles Desantis
Georgetown University

Hans Engler, PHD
Georgetown University

Kevin Fitzgerald
Georgetown University

Jesse Goodman, MD
Georgetown University Medical Center

Jesse L. Goodman, M.D., M.P.H., directs Georgetown COMPASS, a new Center which focuses on informing science based policy to address public health needs in product development and access, the supply chain, and antimicrobial resistance. Until February 2014 he was the Chief Scientist of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a position he assumed in 2009 along with Deputy Commissioner for Science and Public Health (2009-2012). As Chief Scientist he had broad responsibility for strategic leadership and coordination of FDA’s crosscutting scientific and public health efforts, including developing and implementing FDA’s Strategic Plan for Regulatory Science, as well as leading FDA’s public health preparedness and medical countermeasures efforts. In this role he led the 2009 H1N1 pandemic response and the medical countermeasure review for FDA, also serving as a member of the HHS Senior Leadership team. From 2003 to 2009, Dr. Goodman was director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), which oversees activities critical to U.S. and global preparedness and the development, evaluation, safety, quality, and availability of blood, vaccines, gene and cell therapies and other biologics. As Senior Advisor to the Commissioner in 1998-2000, he initiated and co-chaired the United States Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance which produced the nation’s first Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance. A graduate of Harvard, Dr. Goodman received his M.D. from the Albert Einstein and did residency and fellowship training in Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was also Chief Medical Resident. Prior to his service at FDA, he was Professor of Medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the University of Minnesota. He has served on numerous Boards and Committees for organizations including CDC, NIH, WHO and NIEHS and has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Seble Kassaye, MD
Georgetown University Medical Center

She is a co-investigator at the DC WIHS, clinical Infectious Diseases physician, and epidemiologist who trained at Stanford University. Having grown up in Ethiopia during the early years of the HIV epidemic, she has a strong interest in improving access to high quality care for those with limited resources. A particular interest of her is in HIV during pregnancy, and in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, an area that she focused on while at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Recently, she joined Georgetown University while continuing to provide HIV clinical services within the community. Her plan is to study the molecular epidemiology of HIV; HIV drug resistance; and HIV/HCV co-infection to further our mission towards improved HIV treatment and prevention strategies for women and their families.

Rosemary E. Kilkenny, ESQ
Georgetown University

Rosemary Kilkenny, Georgetown University’s first Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity, was appointed to this position effective April 1, 2006 by John J. DeGioia, PhD., President. In announcing Rosemary’s appointment, Jack expressed his confidence and support of Rosemary, as he stated his desire for Georgetown to be a model in higher education for diversity and inclusivity.

Rosemary Kilkenny got her start in the Affirmative Action arena by asking the Dean at her Graduate School at the time, Kent Sate University, why she was one of only nine Black full-time graduate students. The Dean responded by challenging Rosemary to develop a national program to increase the representation of Black graduate students. Her tremendous success in this bold effort led Kent State University to appoint her as Assistant Dean for graduate recruitment. Rosemary quickly moved to the position of Assistant Director of Human Resource Utilization, followed by an appointment as Interim Director of Affirmative Action. The State University of New York at Albany lured her away from Kent State University and appointed her as their Director of Affirmative Action Programs. Following a three-year stint at SUNY, Timothy Healy, late President of Georgetown hired Rosemary as his Special Assistant for Affirmative Action Programs. She has represented Georgetown on matters of employment discrimination, educational equity, Title IX, other issues of Affirmative Action, faculty recruitment, conflict resolution, and Local, Small, Disadvantaged Business Development.

Rosemary has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Affirmative Action, Howard Road Academy and National Child Research Center respectively. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Discovery Creek Children’s Museum of Washington, D.C. She is an active participant in community affairs and campus activities. She has given many seminars on such topics as Cultural Diversity, Sexual Harassment, and Legal Issues in Affirmative Action to name a few topics on which she has presented at national, regional, and on campus venues. She was one of five Americans invited to Faith University, Istanbul, Turkey to give a presentation at an international conference on social justice in higher education. Her talk was very well received and covered by the national press in Turkey.

Rosemary received her Jurisdoctorate from Georgetown University Law Center; and her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Kent State University.

On a personal note, Rosemary has two sons, one of whom is a Georgetown graduate, College of Arts & Sciences, class of 2006. Her other son is an 8th grader at Georgetown Day School.

Susan Martin, PHD
Georgetown University

Susan Martin is the Donald G. Herzberg Professor of International Migration and serves as the Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Previously Dr. Martin served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, established by legislation to advise Congress and the President on U.S. immigration and refugee policy. 

Prior to joining the Commission’s staff, Professor Martin was the Director of Research and Programs at the Refugee Policy Group, a Washington-based center for analysis of U.S. and international refugee policy and programs. She was Assistant Professor at the American Studies Department of Brandeis University and Lecturer in the History of American Civilization Department at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Her recent publications include International Migration: Evolving Trends from the Early 20th Century to the Present; Humanitarian Crises and Migration: Causes, Consequences and Responses (ed.) A Nation of Immigrants; The Migration-Displacement Nexus: Patterns, Processes and Policies (ed.); Managing Migration: The Promise of Cooperation; Mexico-U.S. Migration Management: A Binational Approach (ed.); and Refugee Women. 

Dr. Martin earned her MA and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from Douglass College, Rutgers University. She is the Past President of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration and serves on the U.S. Comptroller General’s Advisory Board, the Academic Advisory Board of the International Organization for Migration, and the Boards of the Advocacy Project and DARA-US.

Raghu Pemmaraju
Georgetown University

Michael Plankey, PHD
Georgetown University Medical Center

I am an infectious disease epidemiologist in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at Georgetown University Medical Center. I am the Co-Investigator for Baltimore-Washington, DC site of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Washington, DC Consortium of the WIHS at Georgetown University. I serve as the sole primary investigator funded by both cohorts. My research expertise has focused on the methodological approaches to analyze complex longitudinal data related to:  (1) evaluation of behavioral, immunological and virological risk factors for hearing and balance loss among HIV-infected compared to HIV-uninfected men and women; (2) investigation of transient elastography and serum markers to determine the progression of liver disease among HIV/HCV mono-infected and co-infected men and women; (3) the syndemic production of social, psychological and behavioral risk factors and HIV health outcomes among sexual minority and race/ethnicity minority men and women; and (4) the intersection of recreational drug and prescription drug use for pain management among HIV-infected men and women.

Lisa Singh, PHD
Georgetown University

Dr. Lisa Singh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Georgetown University. Her area of expertise are data mining, data science, and database systems. Her research interests include mining social networks, visual analytics, data reduction of large graph data sets, privacy preserving data mining and graph databases.

Roseanna Stanton, PHD
Georgetown University

Roseanna Stanton, Ph.D., is the Chief Strategy and Communications Officer, and Associate Dean, at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies in Washington, D.C. With more than 12 years of marketing, communications, program development and strategic planning experience, Dr. Stanton oversees the lifecycle management of nearly 10,000 Georgetown University students and thousands of alumni each year. 

In addition to marketing and communications, Dr. Stanton is also responsible for new program and product development, student recruitment and student/alumni relationship management for the school’s 11 degree programs, 22 non-degree certification programs and a summer program that attracts more than 2,500 high school students each year. 

Prior to working at Georgetown University, Dr. Stanton was the Graduate Accounts Director at New York University’s Office of Advertising and Public Relations and a Senior Product Manager at Media Farm, where she managed client relationships for the New York-based interactive media design and application development company. 

Dr. Stanton earned her Ph.D. from New York University and also holds a Master of Arts in Graphic Communications Management and Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Education and a teaching diploma. She has also taught communications and quantitative methods courses at New York University.

Abby Taylor
Georgetown University

Abbie Taylor holds a Master of Arts in Arabic and International Relations from the University of Saint Andrews, Scotland, and a Master of Arts in Arab Studies from Georgetown University.  Prior to joining ISIM, Abbie lived in Syria, studying Arabic and working for local NGOs in the related fields of education and development.  Abbie has also worked as a consultant for the Displacement Monitoring Program of the International Organization for Migration’s Iraq Mission in Amman, Jordan. In her native Scotland, she has provided support to female refugees and asylum-seekers as part of the British Red Cross Refugee Orientation Services.

Rochelle Tractenberg
Georgetown University

Dr. Tractenberg is an associate professor with tenure (awarded 2012) in the Department of Neurology, with secondary appointments in Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Biomathematics and Psychiatry. She is a biostatistician (Professional Statistician designation from the American Statistical Association awarded in 2011 (view the portfolio I submitted here) and research methodologist with over 15 years of experience designing and analyzing experimental research. Her areas of interest include statistical methodology and statistical literacy for effective stewardship of the discipline in PhD students/holders; higher education curriculum building and evaluation; neuropsychological assessment; the development and benchmarking of outcomes; experimental design; and longitudinal (latent variable) analytic methods. She established the Collaborative for Research on Outcomes and -Metrics (CROM) in 2008 and directs it; for more information check the CROM page. You can read about Dr. Tractenberg’s scholarship in teaching and learning, which is focused on graduate and post-graduate education in her teaching portfolio.

Prior to coming to Georgetown in 2002, Dr. Tractenberg spent five years at the University of California at San Diego as a biostatistician and scientist within a national consortium of Alzheimer’s disease research centers. Since arriving at GU in 2002, she has collaborated on research projects on both the Main and Medical school campuses. Dr. Tractenberg was the biostatistical consultant for the General Clinical Research Center 2003-2006 and joined Neurology in 2006. 

Yifang Wei
Georgtown University

Mary Young, MD
Georgetown University Medical Center

Mary Young is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease. She is also Director of the HIV Women’s Program and a member of the Center for the Study of Sex Differences (CSD) in Health, Aging and Disease. She is an expert on infectious diseases, HIV AIDS, and various treatments for infectious diseases. Her special interests include infectious diseases, HIV manifestations and treatment, and HIV and women. The site PI of the N.I.H. funded Women’s Intra-Agency HIV Study (WIHS), which is a longitudinal study of HIV-infected women. She is also one of the Chairpersons of the GUH Institutional Review Board (IRB). She provides advice and direction on IRB protocol submissions for the GUHCtU and helps reinforce compliance with local IRB requirements. She also works closely to ensure appropriate representation of women in all trials performed at the GUH-CTU. She has contributed to and has been co-author for WIHS related presentations and publications.

Our office engages in strategic partnerships with a variety of external organizations, overseeing and supporting Georgetown’s development of innovative alliances and partnerships with industry, universities, and national laboratories.

American Museum of Natural History

  • Dr. Ward Wheeler
  • Dr. Peter Whitely

American University

  • Dr. Michael Robinson

Brookings Institution

  • Dr. Elizabeth Ferris


  • Tim Beale
  • Shaun Hobbs
  • Tim Holmes

Campden Bri

Fairfield University

  • Dr. Rick Ryscavage

DC HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA)

  • Garret Lum
  • Brittany Safir-Callaway

Jesuit Refugee Service

  • Alejandro Borja

Kultur University

  • Dr. Mensur Akgun
  • Muge Dalkian
  • Omar Sheira

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

  • James Carrier
  • Colin Flynn

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • Dr. Cliff Joslyn

Pennsylvania State University

  • Dr. Dashun Wang

Purdue University

  • Dr. Sorin Matei

Rutgers University

  • Dr. Tina Eliassi-Rad


  • Dr. Vadim Kagan
  • Dr. Venkstramana Subrahmanian

Stevens Institute of Technology

  • Dr. William Rouse
  • Dr. Michael Steinmann

Sussex University

  • Dr. Michael Collyer

University of Michigan

  • Seth Guikema

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  • Dr. Daniel Janies
  • Dr. Xinghua Shi

University of Toronto

  • Dr. Renee Miller
  • Lama Mourad
  • Emily Scott
  • Craig Damian Smith

Virginia Department of Health

  • Lauren Maxwell
  • Rachel Stallings

Women’s Refugee Commission

  • Dr. Sara Costa

York University

  • Dr. Susan McGrath

Additional Partners

  • David Bridgeland, Hanging Steel Productions, LLC, Consultant
  • Dr. J. Kalil, Butantan Institute (Brazil)
  • Prof. J. Jornada, National Institute of Metrology Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) -Brazil
  • Prof. Jaderson Costa da Costa, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS)