Dr. Jim Tracy became KU’s chief research officer on April 1, 2015. As vice chancellor, he oversees 10 research centers, two state surveys, two affiliated centers and the core research laboratories. He also serves as president of the KU Center for Research, Inc., and shares overall responsibility for the bi-campus KU Innovation and Collaboration technology commercialization office. At KU, he holds an academic appointment as professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology in the School of Pharmacy.
Previously, Tracy was vice president of research at the University of Kentucky from 2007 to 2014, as well as executive director and vice president of the University of Kentucky Research Foundation. He held an academic appointment in the College of Medicine as professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Prior to that, Tracy was a founding faculty member of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he rose through the faculty ranks and held several administrative positions, including associate dean for research and graduate training and director of the Animal Resource Center.
Earlier in his career, Tracy was at Case Western Reserve University for seven years as a research assistant professor of geographic medicine and research associate in pharmacology in the School of Medicine.
He received a B.S. in chemistry from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Purdue University.