Stefan Green, PhD, associate professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases has been named institutional official of RUSH University.
Green has been the director of Core Lab Services, a position he will continue in as he serves as the institutional official.
The institutional official provides oversight to the research enterprise and is legally authorized to act for the institution. They ensure that our Human Research Protection Program and Institutional Review Boards function effectively; promote an institutional culture of respect so that the ethical conduct of human subject research is supported at the highest levels of the organization; monitor the adequacy of research spaces; oversee our animal research along with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee; and supervise other key research regulatory areas.
“We are excited to announce Dr. Green as the new institutional official for RUSH University,” says Larry Goodman, MD, interim president, RUSH University. “Through his research and as the director of RUSH’s Core Lab Services, he has been successful as a leader not only in his field but throughout research at RUSH.”
As the institutional official, Green will provide scientific leadership and collaborate with both RUSH University faculty and other research institutions to strengthen our services and partnerships. Green will also continue to play a key role in creating and implementing strategies for our Core facilities.
Green has played an integral role in many research initiatives at RUSH, including projects regarding the detection of COVID-19. In addition to his role as faculty adviser, he also oversees the Genomics and Microbiome Core Facility. The laboratory is a partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health to perform genomic surveillance of pathogens of concern to the city. For the past three years, the lab has largely focused on whole genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 samples from across Chicago to detect new strains of the COVID-19 virus. More recently, the lab has worked with the Chicago Department of Public Health to perform whole genome sequencing of Candida auris in Chicago healthcare facilities.
Green has partnered with NASA to develop new ways to use technology like genomic sequencing to detect, quantitate and assess functional capabilities of microorganisms on spacecraft surfaces. He is also working to characterize the effects of spaceflight on host-associated microbiomes.
Green’s is currently a co-investigator on multiple grants and has over 25 years of experience in research and sequence data acquisition with more than 200 peer-reviewed publications.
The RUSH Core Laboratories provide both RUSH University and outside investigators with access to facilities that offer leading-edge tools, equipment and technologies that are essential to many modern research projects.
Green started his position as institution official on Nov. 20, 2023.