Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D., is interim executive vice dean for research and chief scientific officer, effective Oct. 1, 2018. Currently the senior associate dean for research, Endowed Professor of Pathology Research, and the Peter A. Ward Distinguished University Professor, Steve has a long and robust history with the University of Michigan. He has served in various leadership and administrative positions, including the associate dean for interdisciplinary studies in the Horace Rackham Graduate School, interim dean of the Horace H. Rackham Graduate School, and interim vice provost for academic affairs.
Steve’s research interests have centered on assessing molecular mechanisms of lung inflammation by studying cytokine and chemokine biology. He is highly recognized in his field, as he has co-authored over 600 peer-reviewed manuscripts, edited four books, contributed numerous chapters in various books, and has maintained multiple NIH grants. He is currently the co-chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the NIAID-NIH.
Steve joined U-M faculty in in 1980 and has been senior associate dean for research since 2007.