Jennifer Lodge, Ph.D.

Jennifer Lodge, Ph.D.


Duke University

Dr. Jennifer Lodge is the vice president for research and innovation at Duke University. Previously, she served as Washington University’s senior research official and associate dean for research and a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. In her administrative roles, she guides school and university investments in research, as well as oversees research compliance, education, grants and contracts. She encourages innovation and entrepreneurship, and supports the translation of discoveries into knowledge and technologies that will benefit society.

Her research focuses on disease-causing fungi, particularly Cryptococcus neoformans that infects the lungs, brain and tissues around the brain and spinal cord, causing ~ 200,000 deaths every year. She co-led the team that sequenced the C. neoformans genome, and she continues to study the fungal cell wall to develop new targets for antifungal therapies and vaccines. Lodge was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2011 and a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2010. She holds 2 patents and is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

She completed postdoctoral fellowships at Monsanto Co. and Washington University and served as a research assistant at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and at Harvard University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and her doctorate in biomedical sciences from Washington University in 1988.