Steven J. Fluharty, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice Provost for Research at the University of Pennsylvania. In this capacity Dr. Fluharty shapes policy and advances administrative initiatives for the University’s billion dollar research enterprise as well as plays a leadership role in strategic planning for research and administers the development of new research facilities. He also helps to oversee campus-wide research planning efforts, linkages between the University and industry, and the transfer of technologies from University laboratories to the public sector. In addition, he governs the research activities of Provostial Centers and Institutes, particularly those involving interdisciplinary collaboration.
Dr. Fluharty is a Professor of Pharmacology, Psychology and Neuroscience in the Schools of Veterinary Medicine, Arts and Sciences, and Medicine. With proven administrative experience and a deep commitment to Penn, Dr. Fluharty is responsible for the University’s research practices. For ten years he served as the director of a university-wide Program Project grant and institutional training grant in behavioral neuroscience as well as several individual grant awards from the NIH. Dr. Fluharty has a strong personal record of funded research and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his investigative discoveries, including the Louis Flexner Prize in Neuroscience, the Beecham Award for Research Excellence, and in 1996, he was designated an Astra Merck Scholar by the American Heart Association. In addition, he has received multiple teaching awards at the University.
Dr. Fluharty received his three degrees from Penn as a University Scholar; his B.A. in psychology in 1979 graduating summa cum laude, his M.A. in psychobiology in 1979, and his Ph.D. in psychobiology in 1981. After postdoctoral work, he returned to join the Penn faculty in 1986. Dr. Fluharty served as director of the Biological Basis of Behavior Program and as the associate director of the Institute of Neurological Sciences. He was appointed to Vice Provost for Research in 2006 and in 2010 was named Senior Vice Provost for Research.
Steven J. Fluharty, PhD
Senior Vice Provost for Research
University of Pennsylvania
1 College Hall, Suite 118
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303