Joan Lakoski, PhD
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Science Education Outreach, Health Sciences
Professor in Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Pittsburgh
Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Joan Lakoski, PhD
Joan M. Lakoski, PhD, is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Science Education Outreach, Health Sciences, and Professor in Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, and Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Lakoski brings her basic science background as a neuropharmacologist with over 25 years of external funding support for research from the National Institutes of Health, active engagement in graduate and medical school education, and passion for creating the next generation of scientific leaders to her numerous leadership responsibilities at Pitt and with professional organizations and academic institutions across the nation. Dr. Lakoski enjoys being an innovative leader in academic medicine having served as Assistant and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Career Development, Health Sciences (2002-2010), and as the Founding Executive Director of the Office of Academic Career Development at the University of Pittsburgh where she created a unique resource for providing comprehensive career development services and mentoring programs for graduate and professional students, postdoctoral fellows, residents, clinical fellows and faculty. Dr. Lakoski also served as the inaugural Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine (2005-2010) and was honored by the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association for her numerous activities in support of postdoctoral fellows at Pitt as the recipient of the 2007 Postdoctoral Advocate Award. Under her leadership, the Schools of the Health Sciences developed an innovative course for senior postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty to develop their abilities to lead and manage innovative research programs (Scientific Management and Leadership Course). Dr. Lakoski currently is Director of the Ri.MED Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows Program – an innovative international postdoctoral training program at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also the Founding Executive Director of the Office of Science Education Outreach, Health Sciences (OSEO), at the University of Pittsburgh. Established in 2010, OSEO is dedicated to empowering K-16 students, including high school and undergraduate students; teachers, parents and other community supporters; and volunteers from across the academic health center to work as partners in exploring opportunities in the sciences, including careers in the discovery, dissemination, and translation of biomedical knowledge that will improve human health (see www.howscienceworks.pitt.edu).