Mark S. Redfern is Vice Provost for Research. As Vice Provost for Research, Dr. Redfern provides leadership and guidance in university’s strategic research development and planning. In addition, he is responsible for operations of the Office of Research, and works closely with other offices across the University to support faculty research. He also works closely with the Innovation Institute to support translational research and entrepreneurial support and education for research faculty, staff, and students. In addition to chairing the University Research Council, which examines emerging research issues nationally, he also facilitates ongoing dialogue and collaboration among research faculty, industry, and the government and encourages multidisciplinary collaboration by spearheading new initiatives that bring faculty together in new and impactful research areas.
Redfern is William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Bioengineering in the Swanson School of Engineering and also holds secondary appointments in otolaryngology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, and rehabilitation science.
Redfern earned the Bachelor of Science degree in engineering science (1978) and Master of Science (1982) and PhD degrees in bioengineering (1988), all from the University of Michigan. He joined the Pitt faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology in the School of Medicine with a secondary appointment in the Department of Industrial Engineering in 1988. In 2000, his primary appointment was moved to the newly created Department of Bioengineering, where he served as vice chair for undergraduate education for more than a decade.
During his 24 years at Pitt, Redfern has fashioned a successful research program with funding from a variety of sources, including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as from industry and foundations. With his interdisciplinary background, he also has developed strong collaborative relationships with faculty members campus-wide and beyond, providing him with an understanding of the needs of researchers throughout the University.