Chief of Research Strategy, UNC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Clinical Affairs Program Co-Manager, NC TraCS
Joyce Tan is the chief of research strategy in the UNC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. She is responsible for connecting the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research with research leadership throughout campus and UNC administrative units to facilitate interdisciplinary research programs, grow the University’s global reputation, and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. She promotes research partnerships with external public and private organizations. Tan also serves as the clinical affairs program co-manager at the UNC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, building and developing partnerships and alliances with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. In addition, she serves as a research assistant professor in the UNC Department of Genetics.
Tan held positions in industry prior to joining UNC-Chapel Hill. Her work led to the discovery and development of a therapeutic asthma vaccine program and contributed to the development of vaccines in cancer and neuroscience at Pfizer. She also developed small molecule therapeutics in cancer and infectious disease at Anadys Pharmaceuticals. Her scientific background is in immunology, and she has made important scientific contributions to the understanding of how T cells populate the immune system after chemotherapy, as well as how T cells maintain memory to respond to subsequent infections.