Julia Lane

Assistant Vice President for Science

Administrative Coordinator:
Tatiana Butler

Julia leads the Science Strategy Team within the Office of Science, Innovation, National Laboratories, and Global Initiatives to advance the University’s strategic science and technology goals. Julia works closely with faculty, deans, and other institutional leaders across campus to identify and develop strategic areas of research. The Science Strategy team enables deep, seamless collaboration between science initiatives and external partners to advance scholarship, discoveries, and technological developments at a global scale.

Julia was most recently the Executive Director of Research Strategy for the UChicago Data Science Institute (DSI), where she was responsible for the strategic management and development of research and technology initiatives and programs.  Prior to this, Julia was the founding Executive Director of the Center for Data and Computing (CDAC), a precursor to the DSI.  CDAC was launched in 2018 as part of UChicago’s multi-year strategy to expand data science and AI research activities.  Over three years, CDAC launched 33 new research projects, 2 larger scale research initiatives, and supported over $70M in grants submitted.  Julia oversaw all aspects of the center’s launch and the development of research programs, partnerships, and strategic communications.  Prior to CDAC, Julia served as Executive Director of Research Development Support in the Office of the Vice President for Research and National Laboratories.

Julia joined the University in 2014. She has a BA in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the American University of Paris and an MA in International Relations from the UChicago Committee on International Relations.


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