Speaker Profile: Eric W. Boberg, PhD

Executive Director for Research

Dr. Boberg obtained his PhD in 1986 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and began his career as a wet bench scientist, studying the metabolism of chemical carcinogens. He then moved into health services research as a key researcher in the development and evaluation of one of the first computer-based programs for the education and support of people with serious illnesses, the Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (CHESS). He was responsible for the development and evaluation of programs for HIV/AIDS and prostate cancer. In 2002, he moved to Northwestern University's Department of Medicine to use his experience in both wet and dry lab research to create a more robust research infrastructure. This included both physical infrastructure through the renovation of lab space, as well as improved communications, mentoring programs, and research administration. Since moving to the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Dean's Office in 2008, his portfolio has evolved to focus almost exclusively on space planning and management. He has been responsible for working with faculty, staff, administration, and Facilities on the renovation of over 100,000sf of wet lab space in buildings dating from the 1920's to the 1990's. He has also been the key Dean's Office point person for the planning and construction of the new 600,000sf Simpson-Querrey Biomedical Research Center. In addition, he has been responsible for the leasing and renovation of over 150,000sf of space for office-based research. His work with the Association of American Medical Colleges has focused on developing metrics for space productivity, and issues related to comparisons of productivity data across different institutions.

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